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Active load path adaption in a simple kinematic load-bearing structure due to stiffness change in the structure's supports

: Gehb, C.M.; Platz, Roland; Melz, Tobias

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Bonisoli, E. ; Institute of Physics -IOP-, London:
13th International Conference on Motion and Vibration Control, MOVIC 2016 and the 12th International Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics, RASD 2016 : 4-6 July 2016, Southampton, UK
Bristol: IOP Publishing, 2016 (Journal of physics. Conference series 744)
ISBN: 978-1-5108-3057-8
Art. 012168, 13 S.
International Conference on Motion and Vibration Control (MOVIC) <13, 2016, Southampton>
International Conference on Recent Advances in Structural Dynamics (RASD) <12, 2016, Southampton>
Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer LBF ()

Load-bearing structures with kinematic functions enable and disable degrees of freedom and are part of many mechanical engineering applications. The relative movement between a wheel and the body of a car or a landing gear and an aircraft fuselage are examples for load-bearing systems with defined kinematics. In most cases, the load is transmitted through a predetermined load path to the structural support interfaces. However, unexpected load peaks or varying health condition of the system's supports, which means for example varying damping and stiffness characteristics, may require an active adjustment of the load path. However, load paths transmitted through damaged or weakened supports can be the reason for reduced comfort or even failure. In this paper a simplified 2D two mass oscillator with two supports is used to numerically investigate the potential of controlled adaptive auxiliary kinematic guidance elements in a load-bearing structure to adapt the load path de pending on the stiffness change, representing damage of the supports. The aim is to provide additional forces in the auxiliary kinematic guidance elements for two reasons. On the one hand, one of the two supports that may become weaker through stiffness change will be relieved from higher loading. On the other hand, tilting due to different compliance in the supports will be minimized. Therefore, shifting load between the supports during operation could be an effective option.