Vibration absorber implementation for space launch vehicle vibration reduction

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dc.contributor Baker, John
dc.contributor Haskew, Tim A.
dc.contributor.advisor Williams, Keith A.
dc.contributor.author Lozes, Brian Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:36:17Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:36:17Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000407
dc.identifier.other Lozes_alatus_0004M_10419
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/913
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Vibration is a major problem in space launch vehicles during burning sequences. These vehicles are vulnerable to impulsive and pulsed vibrations like those produced by rocket engines. The Ares I launch vehicle is anticipated to produce vibration in the organ pipe mode. The problems may be particularly severe if the pulses occur at the natural frequencies of the vehicle structure. In the case of the Ares, as the rocket burns, the excitation frequency drifts through the frequency corresponding to a longitudinal mode of the vehicle. Although it is not certain, there is concern that the corresponding vibrations are potentially severe enough as to be lethal to crew members and thus some consideration of vibration mitigation is warranted. Common approaches to dealing with vibration problems - structural redesign, addition of mass or damping materials - are not thought to be viable solutions; structural redesign through addition of mass and/or damping would result in excessive weights with corresponding performance limitations in terms of payload. The alternative approach is to retrofit the aft skirt with one or more tuned vibration absorbers (TVA). Application of an undamped TVA to a primary system introduces a zero in the frequency response of the primary system that is located at the TVA natural frequency. In the case of the Ares, however, the excitation frequency, while easily measured, is not fixed, but varies as the rocket burns. The effect of a TVA on the vibration of a primary system experiencing such an excitation is not known. The main objective of this research was to predict and simulate the behavior of a two degree of freedom (two-mass) system experiencing sinusoidal excitation with a linearly-varying frequency. In doing so, a framework for analyzing a primary system with a TVA implemented was realized. The resulting software was then used to model implementation of a specific TVA solution. Through analytical and simulated solutions, it was confirmed that a specific TVA could be used to effectively absorb the response at target frequencies when acted upon by a linearly changing oscillatory input.
dc.format.extent 105 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Engineering, Mechanical
dc.title Vibration absorber implementation for space launch vehicle vibration reduction
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
etdms.degree.discipline Mechanical Engineering
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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