Volume 24, pp. 66-73, 2006.

Another approach to vibration analysis of stepped structures

Igor Fedotov, Steve Joubert, Julian Marais, and Michael Shatalov


In this paper a model of an $N$–stepped bar with variable Cross-sections coupled with foundation by means of lumped masses and springs is studied. It is assumed that the process of vibrations in each section of the bar is described by a wave equation. The analytical tools of vibration analysis are based on finding eigenfunctions with piecewise continuous derivatives, which are orthogonal with respect to a generalized weight function. These eigenfunctions automatically satisfy the boundary conditions at the end points as well as the non-classical boundary conditions at the junctions. The solution of the problems is formulated in terms of Green function. By means of the proposed algorithm a problem of arbitrary complexity could be considered in the same terms as a single homogeneous bar. This algorithm is efficient in design of low frequency transducers. An example is given to show the practical application of the algorithm to a two-stepped transducer.

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Key words

PDE with discontinuous coefficients, numerical approximation of eigenvalues, stepped structure, transducers, waveguide, variable cross-section, non-classical boundary conditions, Green function, resonance

AMS subject classifications

35B34, 35R05, 34B27, 34L16

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