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Journal of Vibration Testing and System Dynamics

C. Steve Suh (editor), Pawel Olejnik (editor),

Xianguo Tuo (editor)

Pawel Olejnik (editor)

Lodz University of Technology, Poland


C. Steve Suh (editor)

Texas A&M University, USA


Xiangguo Tuo (editor)

Sichuan University of Science and Engineering, China


Displacement Limiters as Instigators of Large Amplitude Vibrations in Lightly Damped Systems

Journal of Vcibration Testing and System Dynamics 3(1) (2019) 1--9 | DOI:10.5890/JVTSD.2019.03.001

Z.C. Feng, Yuyi Lin

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA

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Displacement limiters also known as stoppers are rigid barriers used to limit the motion or to alleviate the load in mechanical design. This paper identifies conditions under which the stopper causes the motion to be trapped in large amplitude oscillations accompanied by violent impact with the stopper. Special focus is on those parameters for which the stopper was not expected to play any role based on the predicted linear steady-state responses.


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