SINGLE DEGREE OF FREEDOM SYSTEMS (SDOF) - VIBRATION CALCULATOR

The Single Degree of Freedom Vibration Calculator has been developed to calculate single degree of freedom mass-spring-damper natural frequency, circular frequency, damping factor, Q factor, critical damping, damped natural frequency and transmissibility for a harmonic input. The formulas used for the calculations are given in the "List of Equations" section.

Mechanical vibrations are fluctuations of a mechanical or a structural system about an equilibrium position. Mechanical vibrations are initiated when an inertia element is displaced from its equilibrium position due to energy input to the system through an external source. When work is done on SDOF system and mass is displaced from its equilibrium position, potential energy is developed in the spring.

A restoring force or moment pulls the element back toward equilibrium and this cause conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy. In the absence of nonconservative forces, this conversion of energy is continuous, causing the mass to oscillate about its equilibrium position.

All structures have many degrees of freedom, which means they have more than one independent direction in which to vibrate and many masses that can vibrate. Single degree of freedom systems are the simplest systems to study basics of mechanical vibrations. SDOF systems are often used as a very crude approximation for a generally much more complex system. The other use of SDOF system is to describe complex systems motion with collections of several SDOF systems.



Calculator:

INPUT PARAMETERS
Parameter Symbol Value Unit
Mass m
Spring rate (Stiffness) k
Damping raito (coefficient) ζ ---
Free-Forced vibration
Harmonic input frequency Ω Hz

 



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RESULTS
Parameter Symbol Value Unit
Cicular frequency wn ---- rad/s
Natural frequency fn ---- Hz
Period of oscilattion T ---- s
Critical damping cc ---- ---
Damping factor c ---- ---
Damped natural angular frequency wd ---- rad/s
Damped natural frequency fd ---- Hz
Quality factor Q ---- ---
Transmissiblity TR ---- ---

Transmissiblity vs Frequency Ratio Graph(log-log)


Definitions:

Critical damping: The minimum amount of viscous damping that results in a displaced system returning to its original position without oscillation.

Damped natural frequency: In the presence of damping, the frequency at which the system vibrates when disturbed. Damped natural frequency is less than undamped natural frequency.

Damping ratio: The ratio of actual damping to critical damping. It is a dimensionless measure describing how oscillations in a system decay after a disturbance.

Forced vibrations: Oscillations about a system's equilibrium position in the presence of an external excitation.

Free  vibrations: Oscillations about a system's equilibrium position in the absence of an external excitation.

Natural frequency: The frequency at which a system vibrates when set in free vibration.

Undamped natural frequency: In the absence of damping, the frequency at which the system vibrates when disturbed.

Period of Oscillation: The time in seconds required for one cycle.

Transmissiblity: The ratio of output amplitude to input amplitude at same frequency. Following 2 conditions have same transmissiblity value.

     -- Transmissiblity between harmonic motion excitation from the base (input) and motion response of mass (output) Ex: Car runing on the road. Car body is m, base motion excitation is road disturbances.

     -- Harmonic forcing excitation to mass (Input) and force transmitted to base (output). Ex: A rotating machine generating force during operation and transmitting to its base.


Harmonic base excitation of a sdof spring-mass-damper system Harmonic forcing of mass in a sdof spring-mass-damper system

Quality Factor: Transmissibility at resonance, which is the system’s highest possible response ratio.

List of Equations:

Step Parameter/Condition Symbol Equation
1 Natural angular frequency [rad/s] wn Equation for natural angular frequency in sdof system
2 Natural frequency [Hz] fn Equation for natural frequency in sdof system
3 Period of oscillations [s] T Equation for period of oscillations in sdof system
4 Critical damping cc Equation for critical damping in sdof system
5 Damping factor c Equation for damping factor in sdof system
6 Damped natural frequency wd Equation for damped natural frequency in sdof system
7 Quality factor Q Equation for quality factor in sdof system
8 Transmissibility TR Equation for transmissibility in sdof system

Symbol Parameter
k Spring rate (stiffness)
m Mass of the object
ζ Damping ratio
Ω Forcing frequency

Supplements:

Link Usage
Basics of Vibration Control and Isolation Systems Gives elementary information on vibration control and isolation systems

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