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A simple tool to forecast the natural frequencies of thin-walled cylinders

  • Autori: Cammalleri M.; Castellano A.; Abella M.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2023
  • Tipologia: Contributo in atti di convegno pubblicato in volume
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This paper presents an approximate method to predict the natural frequencies of thinwalled cylinders. By taking inspiration from a previous work of one of the authors, the starting point of the proposed approach is a proper construction of reasonable eigenfunctions. However, a new simple tool based on the principle of virtual work has been developed to estimate the natural frequencies and the amplitude of vibration without complex numerical resolution. Moreover, the applicability of the model is extended to all the most common constraint conditions. The identification of the natural frequencies of a continuous cylinder is reduced to an eigenvalue problem based on a matrix whose elements depend only on the geometric characteristics of the cylinder, the mechanical properties of the material and known numerical parameters. The latter are precalculated for given boundary conditions, covering clamped or pinned end constraints. Although the proposed formulation can address any constraints combination, only a pinned-pinned cylinder is analyzed here for brevity. The reliability of the model was tested against FEM analysis results. These comparisons showed that the maximum error versus the exact solutions for the lowest natural frequency is around 2% for all the mode shapes of the pinned-pinned case, offering an excellent trade-off between accuracy and ease of use.