Active vibration control

Active vibration control is the active application of force in an equal and opposite fashion to the forces imposed by external vibration. With this application, a precision industrial process can be maintained on a platform essentially vibration-free.

Many precision industrial processes cannot take place if the machinery is being affected by vibration. For example, the production of semiconductor wafers requires that the machines used for the photolithography steps be used in an essentially vibration-free environment or the sub-micrometre features will be blurred. Active vibration control is now also commercially available for reducing vibration in helicopters, offering better comfort with less weight than traditional passive technologies.

In the past, passive techniques were used. These include traditional vibration dampers, shock absorbers, and base isolation.

The typical active vibration control system uses several components:

If the vibration is periodic, then the control system may adapt to the ongoing vibration, thereby providing better cancellation than would have been provided simply by reacting to each new acceleration without referring to past accelerations.

Active vibration control strategy has been successfully implemented for vibration attenuation of beam, plate and shell structures by numerous researchers.[1][2][3][4][5][6] [7] [8] [9] For active vibration control strategy, the structure should be smart enough to sense external disturbances and react accordingly. In order to develop an active structure (also known as smart structure), smart materials must be integrated or embedded with the structure. The smart structure involves sensors (strain, acceleration, velocity, force etc.), actuators (force, inertial, strain etc.) and a control algorithm (feedback or feed forward).[1] The number of smart materials have been investigated and fabricated over the years; some of them are shape memory alloys, piezoelectric materials, optical fibers, electro-rheological fluids, magneto-strictive materials.[10]

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  1. Preumont, A. (2011). Vibration control of active structures: An Introduction. Springer.
  2. Vasques, C. M. A.; Dias Rodrigues, J. (2006-09-01). "Active vibration control of smart piezoelectric beams: Comparison of classical and optimal feedback control strategies". Computers & Structures. Composite Adaptive Structures: Modelling and Simulation. 84 (22–23): 1402–1414. doi:10.1016/j.compstruc.2006.01.026.
  3. Omidi, Ehsan; Mahmoodi, S. Nima (2015-02-27). "Consensus positive position feedback control for vibration attenuation of smart structures". Smart Materials and Structures. 24 (4): 045016 (11pp). Bibcode:2015SMaS...24d5016O. doi:10.1088/0964-1726/24/4/045016.
  4. Qiu, Zhi-cheng; Zhang, Xian-min; Wu, Hong-xin; Zhang, Hong-hua (2007-04-03). "Optimal placement and active vibration control for piezoelectric smart flexible cantilever plate". Journal of Sound and Vibration. 301 (3–5): 521–543. Bibcode:2007JSV...301..521Q. doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2006.10.018.
  5. Sharma, Anshul; Kumar, Rajeev; Vaish, Rahul; Chauhan, Vishal S. (2014-09-01). "Lead-free piezoelectric materials' performance in structural active vibration control". Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. 25 (13): 1596–1604. doi:10.1177/1045389X13510222. ISSN 1045-389X.
  6. Sharma, Anshul; Kumar, Rajeev; Vaish, Rahul; Chauhan, Vishal S. (2015-09-15). "Active vibration control of space antenna reflector over wide temperature range". Composite Structures. 128: 291–304. doi:10.1016/j.compstruct.2015.03.062.
  7. G.E., Stavroulakis; G., Foutsitzi; E., Hadjigeorgiou; D., Marinova; C.C., Baniotopoulos (2005). "Design and robust optimal control of smart beams with application on vibrations suppression". Advances in Engineering Software. 36 (11–12): 806–813. doi:10.1016/j.advengsoft.2005.03.024.
  8. Magdalene, Marinaki; Yannis, Marinakis; Georgios E., Stavroulakis (2011-01-01). "Fuzzy control optimized by a multi-objective particle swarm optimization algorithm for vibration suppression of smart structures". Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. 43: 29–42. doi:10.1007/s00158-010-0552-4.
  9. Panagiotis, Koutsianitis; Georgios E., Tairidis; Georgios A., Drosopoulos; Georgia A., Foutsitzi; Georgios E., Stavroulakis (2017-04-01). "Effectiveness of optimized fuzzy controllers on partially delaminated piezocomposites". Acta Mechanica. 228 (4): 1373–1392. doi:10.1007/s00707-016-1771-6.
  10. Gandhi, M.V. (1992). Smart materials and structures. Springer.
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