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Comparison of control strategies for global load path redistribution in a load-bearing structure

: Gehb, Christopher; Platz, Roland; Melz, Tobias

Maia, N.M.M. ; Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon; Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica -IDMEC-, Lisboa:
ICEDyn 2017, International Conference on Structural Engineering Dynamics. Proceedings : Ericeira, Portugal, 3-5 July 2017; CD-ROM
Lisboa: Instituto Superior Tecnico, 2017
14 pp.
International Conference on Structual Engineering Dynamics (ICEDyn) <2017, Ericeira/Portugal>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer LBF ()
adaptive system; kinematic element; load redistribution; Structural Health Control (SHC)

In this paper, a two mass oscillator, a translatoric moving mass connected to a rigid beam by a spring-damper system, is used to numerically investigate the capability of load path redistribution due to controlled semi-active guidance elements with friction brakes. The mathematical friction model will be derived by the LUGRE approach. The rigid beam is embedded on two supports and is initially aligned with evenly distributed loads in beam and supports by the same stiffness condition. With the semi-active auxiliary kinematic guidance elements it is possible to provide additional forces to relieve one of the beam’s supports. Two control strategies are designed and compared to induce additional forces in the auxiliary guidance elements to bypass portions of loading away from the spring-damper system towards the now kinetic auxiliary guidance elements. They depend on the different control inputs: I beam misalignment and II desired reaction force ratio in the supports. The beam’s misalignment and the supports’ reaction forces are calculated numerically for varying stiffness parameters of the supports and are compared with and without semi-active auxiliary kinematic guidance elements. The structure’s moving mass is loaded with a force according to a step-function. Thus, undesired misalignment caused by varying stiffness as well as undesired load distribution in the structure’s supports can be reduced by shifting load between the supports during operation.