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Effect of accelerometer mass on thin plate vibration

Baharin, Nor Hatini (2008) Effect of accelerometer mass on thin plate vibration. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

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Abstract

Accelerometer is widely used as a vibration measurement transducer. The disadvantage of contact type accelerometer is its mass can cause the natural frequencies of the structure to change from their correct values. Generally this effect is ignored in the experimental studies based on the assumption that the accelerometer mass is negligible compared to the mass of the test structure. However when lightweight structure is tested, this effect is significant. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of accelerometer mass on thin plate vibration. The natural frequency and its corresponding mode shape were the parameters of interest. Two thin plates of different thickness and various boundary conditions were investigated by using experimental modal analysis and finite element analysis. The accelerometer mass was added and mounted at three different locations. Results show that the thinner the plate, the more sensitive it is to the mass loading effect. The accelerometer mass shows significant effect on some of the modes of the structure while other modes remain unchanged. The accelerometer mounted at a point of peak deflection of the plate showed large changes of natural frequencies and its corresponding mode shapes. There are no significant changes of natural frequency and mode shapes for accelerometer attached at nodal line of the particular mode. It is concluded that, the effect of accelerometer mass depends on the location of the accelerometer, vibration mode, magnitude of accelerometer mass and test structure.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:Supervisor : Prof. Dr. Roslan Abdul Rahman
Uncontrolled Keywords:accelerometer, vibration measurement transducer
Subjects:T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions:Mechanical Engineering
ID Code:9443
Deposited By: Ms Zalinda Shuratman
Deposited On:24 Nov 2009 01:53
Last Modified:09 Aug 2012 03:51

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