Vibration analysis and control of an axially moving string by expanded Hamilton’s principle
En-Wei Chen1 , Jun Wang2 , Yi-Min Lu3 , Shuai Liu4
1, 2, 3, 4School of Mechanical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, 230009, China
Vibroengineering PROCEDIA, Vol. 10, 2016, p. 282-287.
Received 13 November 2016; accepted 14 November 2016; published 8 December 2016
Time-varying length axially moving string subjected to control force and transverse excitation force is analyzed. The string’s transverse vibration attenuation law is achieved. Suitable lateral displacement solution is proposed to meet the conditions of vibration based on the accurate control. The relationship among the transverse displacement, the angular velocity and the time is obtained and discussed. The effect of string’s speed, damping, tension variable on the transverse displacement of string are also taken into consideration.
Keywords: time-varying length, axially moving string, vibration control.
Axially travelling string systems are widely used in mechanical engineering, which is a one-dimensional continuum without considering the bending stiffness, such as elevator cables, satellite tethers, high-speed magnetic, etc. Transverse vibrations of axially travelling string systems have been studied extensively for many years and are still of interesting nowadays. Sack  studied transverse standing wave characteristics of a constant speed and uniform tensioned axially moving string in two smooth support. Swope and Ames  study the instability of the fibers in the textile industry under the axially moving string of mechanical model.
Mote studied the constraints in chainsaw movement between two end points  and the nonlinear vibration of axially moving strings . Thurman and Mote  studied the problem of the nonlinear free vibration of the axial movement string, considering the longitudinal and transverse vibrations. Ulsoy  established a band saw vibration equation and analyze the incentives, instability standards and vibration control. Kotera  applied a new variable substitution method to deal with time-varying length string problem. Wickert and Mote  set up the equations of motion of the axially moving string, solving the response of axially moving strings of arbitrary initial conditions. Lee and Mote  studied an additional inertial stiffness and viscous damping in the axially moving string model between two fixed fulcrums and analyzes the energy transmission and reflection in nodes. Foda  study the lateral vibration of the axially moving string fixed at both ends using Hamilton's principle combined with the Green's function with the damping and excitation force acting on it. Butikov  studied potential and kinetic energy of strained string from horizontal and vertical direction by the microscopic view.
This paper analyzes the axially moving time-varying length string through two support holes, in Fig. 1. In order to analyze, make some necessary vision as following: The deflection of the transverse vibration is small, the slope of the string is very small, the effect of gravity on the string can be ignored, string density does not change with different lateral displacement of the string, strain remains constant during movement, ignoring axial vibration.
A point worth noting is that this paper is for the analysis of transverse vibration energy of the string, the following calculation is also based on this. Although the analyzed axial string length (i.e. mass) increases with the time, but the lateral kinetic and potential energy of the increase part are zero. Therefore, it can be considered that the increased part had taken into account at the initial time, but the contribution of this part to transverse energy is zero only.
Fig. 1. Model of moving string with variable length
The kinetic energy of two vertical support ends system can be written as:
where is the density, is the cross-sectional area, is the length when 0, is speed, is the displacement at the location and time . Potential energy in the vertical direction is:
Note: Because of the existence the lateral displacement , the components in the vertical direction of the tension do work on the system. The lateral displacement at both ends of the string is zero, so the components do not work. Using the Hamilton’s principle:
Work done by the non-conservative forces in the vertical direction of the string is defined as:
where is the vertical exciting force acting on the string, is the vertical control force acting on the string, is the location of the exciting force, is the damping coefficient.
Substitute Eqs. (1), (2), (4) into Eq. (3), and the formula was set up by an arbitrary time, obtain:
To change influence of the location on time, the substitutions of variables are as follow :
Using instead of , instead of , the displacement variables are no long subject to time variable constraints. Where , . From Eq. (6), one can obtain:
For convenience, define , . Under the assumption:
Substituting Eqs. (6), (7), (8) into Eq. (5), one can obtain:
Here Eq. (9) has been set up for any time interval [, ], so the function of the integral is zero. To facilitate the simplification of Eq. (9), , and , the following forms are taken:
where is a polynomial including only. The boundary conditions can be written as:
The boundary condition of the string can be written in the following way:
where is a factor. When 3, one has:
The relationship between coefficients can be drawn from the boundary conditions Eq. (11):
Substituting Eqs. (13), (14) into Eq. (10) and simplifying the result, one can obtain:
Substituting Eqs. (10), (13), (14) into Eq. (9) and after simplification, one has:
where is the derivative of . Eq. (15) indicates that, reflects the magnitude of the lateral displacement to some extent. The damping coefficient in Eq. (16) locating on the denominator of becomes larger when is smaller, which accords with the actual circumstance. From Eqs. (13) and (14), one has
Substituting Eq. (17) into Eq. (16), we obtain the expression of . Then substituting the expression of into Eq. (15), the transverse displacement of the string can be obtained.
In this section, the effect of various parameters on the string transverse displacement attenuation is analyzed, which will give some guidance to the control the axial movement of the string. In the following, Assume 900 kg/m3, 0.0002, 1, 0.4, 1, 0.3.
When 0 and 0.05(1+0.3)1/3+0.096, the relationship among the displacement of the midpoint of the string, time and angular is shown in Fig. 2.
Fig. 2. The relationship between and
Fig. 3. The relationship between and
Fig. 2 shows the midpoint displacement is different as angular changes, while the general trend is getting small with the time. We can choose appropriate angular to make the midpoint displacement small. So, taking the appropriate angular value can avoid peak shock. When 2, we have the result shown in Fig. 3. Fig. 3 shows the transverse displacement is tend to smaller as its length getting longer. The curve of midpoint displacement is shown in Fig. 4. To compare with the result when 1, two curves are given in Fig. 5. Where, the color of curves is red when 0 and blue when 1.
From the Fig. 5, the red curve is always above the blue curve. Under the circumstance of existing damping, transverse displacement at the midpoint of string is always smaller than the no damping, which accords with the actual circumstance.
When the control force 0.05(1+0.3)1/3+0.096 (represented by the red curve), and no control force, i.e. 0 (represented by the blue curve), the results are shown as below:
The Fig. 6 above shows the red curve applied control force is always below the blue curve, which achieves the desired effect. Adding time-varying control force may change the attenuation trend. Selecting the appropriate control force can achieve the desired control effect of transverse displacement of the string.
Fig. 4. The relationship between and time
Fig. 5. The displacement with or without damping
Fig. 6. The midpoint displacement with or without control force
In this article, the transverse energy of the time-varying length axially moving string is analyzed based on the expanded Hamilton principle. The non-conservative forces acting on the analyzed strained string are also taken into consideration, such as damp control force and excitation force. The relationship between control force and transverse displacement is obtained. Selecting the appropriate natural frequency could effectively reduce the transverse displacement of the string when other conditions remain unchanged. Transverse displacement in the case of with damping is smaller than that of without damping, which accords with the actual circumstance. Selecting the appropriate control force can achieve the desired control effect of transverse displacement of the string by the relationship between control force and transverse displacement, which will give guidance in real application.
The authors are greatly indebted to the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51305115, and Grant No. 51675150) for the support of this research.
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