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Title: Vibration isolation by exploring bio-inspired structural nonlinearity
Authors: Wu, Z
Jing, X 
Bian, J
Li, F
Allen, R
Keywords: Bio-inspired structures
Nonlinear stiffness
Vibration control
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
Source: Bioinspiration and biomimetics, 2015, v. 10, no. 5, 056015 How to cite?
Journal: Bioinspiration and biomimetics 
Abstract: Inspired by the limb structures of animals/insects in motion vibration control, a bio-inspired limb-like structure (LLS) is systematically studied for understanding and exploring its advantageous nonlinear function in passive vibration isolation. The bio-inspired system consists of asymmetric articulations (of different rod lengths) with inside vertical and horizontal springs (as animal muscle) of different linear stiffness. Mathematical modeling and analysis of the proposed LLS reveal that, (a) the system has very beneficial nonlinear stiffness which can provide flexible quasi-zero, zero and/or negative stiffness, and these nonlinear stiffness properties are adjustable or designable with structure parameters; (b) the asymmetric rod-length ratio and spring-stiffness ratio present very beneficial factors for tuning system equivalent stiffness; (c) the system loading capacity is also adjustable with the structure parameters which presents another flexible benefit in application. Experiments and comparisons with existing quasi-zero-stiffness isolators validate the advantageous features above, and some discussions are also given about how to select structural parameters for practical applications. The results would provide an innovative bio-inspired solution to passive vibration control in various engineering practice.
ISSN: 1748-3182
EISSN: 1748-3190
DOI: 10.1088/1748-3190/10/5/056015
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