Next-generation vibration control exploiting nonlinearity

in Special Issue   Posted on March 22, 2021 

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Submission Deadline: Mon 31 Jan 2022
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Journal Name : Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing
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Nonlinearities are inevitable in engineered systems and have historically contributed to analysis and design challenges associated with uncertain and unexpected behavior. However, recent advances in analysis, design and control of vibration systems demonstrate that nonlinear behavior can be well accounted for and consequently employed in vibration control. This has led to improved vibration isolation and/or suppression performance as compared to traditional linear counterparts. Nonlinear stiffness, nonlinear damping and nonlinear inertia (or equivalent mass) can all be exploited for vibration control, individually or simultaneously, to achieve advantageous and reliable performance. Beneficial nonlinear behaviors can be realized in equivalent stiffness, damping and/or inertia (mass) for a vibration isolation system via simple structure or mechanism designs. The resulting beneficial nonlinear dynamics can also be intentionally introduced into active vibration control systems, such as in vehicle suspensions, to achieve improved vibration suppression and energy-saving control. The potential benefits can be further extended to many other multi-disciplinary areas including sensor systems, energy harvesting, novel actuators, and robots. However, critical challenges and open problems still exist, to include: which nonlinearities are beneficial to specific vibration control problems, in what situations are they beneficial and reliable, and how to implement them in the simplest and most cost-effective way. This special issue is thus devoted to collecting new advances and/or pioneering studies which will reshape our understanding and knowledge of the application of nonlinear dynamics in vibration control, isolation, and related engineering disciplines.

Potential topics both in theory and/or experiments related to exploiting nonlinear benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Passive nonlinear vibration isolation or suppression
  • Nonlinear tuned mass dampers
  • Nonlinear energy sinks
  • Nonlinear energy transfer
  • Shock, blast, or chattering control
  • X-shaped structure/mechanism-based vibration control
  • Novel structure/mechanism designs for vibration control
  • Nonlinear metamaterials for vibration control
  • Nonlinear active vibration control
  • Semi-active nonlinear vibration control
  • Nonlinear dynamic vibration absorption
  • Nonlinear vehicle suspension systems
  • Bio-inspired nonlinear vibration control
  • Nonlinear energy harvesting
  • Beneficial nonlinear phenomena in acoustics or noise control
  • Understanding of beneficial nonlinear features/effects in vibration control
  • Analysis and design methods for understanding and exploiting nonlinear effects
  • Nonlinear vibration control in engineering practice
  • Applications of nonlinear stiffness, nonlinear damping and/or nonlinear inertia

Before submission, the authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal online submission system. To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, it is important that authors select the name of the special issue when submitting their manuscripts:

VSI: NG-Vibration Control

Important Dates

Announcement: 18 Mar 2021

Submission Deadline: 31 Jan 2022

Review completed: 31 Mar 2022

Guest Editors

Xingjian JING

Nonlinear Dynamics, Vibration, & Control Lab (NDVC)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, PR China.

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Adrien BADEL

Laboratoire SYstème and Materials for Mechatronics (SYMME)

Polytech Annecy-Chambéry

Université Savoie Mont Blanc, France

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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

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The Space Structures and Systems Lab (S3L)
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
University of Liege, Belgium

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Michael J. LEAMY

Nonlinear Mechanics Lab

The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology, US

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