A method to simulate structural intensity fields in plates and general structures induced by spatially and temporally random excitation fields

Michael J. Daley, Stephen A. Hambric

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Abstract

The structure-borne power in bending waves is well understood, and has been studied by many investigators in ideal beam and plate structures. Most studies to date, however, have considered only the structural intensity induced by deterministic localized drives. Many structures of practical interest are excited by spatially random pressure fields, such as diffuse and turbulent boundary layer pressure fluctuations. Additionally, such studies typically employ finite differencing techniques to estimate the shear, bending, and twisting components of intensity, and are therefore only applicable to simple homogenous uniform structures such as thin plates and beams. Often, however, finite differencing techniques are not applicable to practical structures of interest. The present study introduces a new analytic method to compute the structural intensity induced by spatially random pressure fields in general structures, which does not require the use of finite differencing techniques. This method uses multiple-input multiple-output random analysis techniques, combining frequency response function matrices generated from analytic or finite element (FE) models with cross-spectral density matrices of spatially random pressure fields to compute intensities in structures. The results of this method are validated using those obtained using finite-difference-based techniques in a flat plate. Both methods show intensity patterns different from those caused by deterministic point drives. The new general method, combined with FE analysis techniques, may be applied in the future to complex nonhomogenous structures, which include discontinuities, curvature, anisotropic materials, and general three-dimensional features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110061-110069
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vibration and Acoustics, Transactions of the ASME
Volume131
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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