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# NEi Nastran and Femap

DYNAMICS ANALYSIS

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REVIEW OF FUNDAMENTALS

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## In this section we introduce the basics of Dynamic Analysis by considering a

Single Degree of Freedom (SDOF) problem
Initially a free vibration model is used to describe the natural frequency
Damping is then introduced and the concept of critical damping and the
undamped solution is shown
Finally a Forcing function is applied and the response of the SDOF is explored in
terms of time dependency and frequency dependency and compared to the
terms found in the equations of motion

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Creating a spring element : Step 1

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Creating a spring element : Step 2

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Creating a spring element : Step 3

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Creating a mass element : Step 1

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Creating a mass element : Step 5

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Creating a mass element : Step 5

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Creating constraints: Step 1

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Setting up Analysis: Step 1

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Setting up Analysis: Step 2

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Setting up Analysis: Step 3

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Reviewing Results: Step 1

k
= 100
m
k
n =
m
f = n / 2 = 1.59 Hz

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Data defined in .NAS file: SOL, Case Control, Parameters and EIGRL

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Data defined in .NAS file: CELAS2, CONM2, Parameters and EIGRL

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Spring types

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Spring types

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Spring types
Set up in Femap:
CELAS2 DOF Spring
CROD
Spring/Damper
CBUSH
Spring/Damper
with BUSH
formulation

## 1 DOF spring stiffness with no Property in Femap

1 DOF element axial stiffness, links to PROD and MAT1 to define AE/L
6 DOF element linked to PBUSH

## Manually input in Nastran:

CELAS1 1 DOF spring element with links to PELAS property definition
Format:

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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM

Spring types
In general CBUSH is recommended in most cases. It will be used in more advanced
analysis later in the course.

## All 6 DOF in a single element

Extendable to Frequency dependent and nonlinear
Arbitrary elastomeric center
No errors due to large rotation and other grounding effects
Special purpose 1D version for shock mounts

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## SDOF System theory

p(t)

m = mass (inertia)

u(t)

m

## k = stiffness (restoring force)

p = applied force
k

u = displacement of mass

## u& = velocity of mass

&u& = acceleration of mass

## responses u& and u&& vary in time

load input p can vary in time
m, k and b are constant with time in linear analysis
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## The equation of motion is:

mu&&(t ) + bu& (t ) + ku (t ) = p (t )

Inertia Force

Stiffness Force

Applied Force

Damping Force

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## In undamped, free vibration analysis, the SDOF equation

of motion reduces to:

mu&&(t ) + ku (t ) = 0
Assume a solution of the form:

u (t ) = A sin nt + B cos nt
This form defines the response as being HARMONIC,
combinations of sine and cosine shape responses with a
resonant frequency of:

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by:

k
n =
m

## When t = 0, sin( n t ) = 0 thus B = u(t = 0)

Differentiating solution :
u& (t ) = An cos n t Bn sin nt
When t = 0, B n sin( n t ) = 0 thus
u& (t = 0)
u& (0)
A=
u (t ) =
sin nt + u (0) cos nt

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## UNDAMPED FREE VIBRATION SDOF SYSTEM

(Cont.)

The response of the Spring will be harmonic, but the actual form of the
response through time will be affected by the initial conditions:
If u ( 0) = 0 and u& ( 0)
or velocity
If

=0

u&0
Ifu ( 0)
If

## response is a cosine function (180

phase change), magnitude u0
response is phase and magnitude
dependent on the initial values
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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM UNDAMPED FREE VIBRATIONS

The graph is from a transient analysis of a spring mass system with Initial
velocity conditions only

k = 100
m=1

T
Amp

u&0 = 1

k
m
f = n / 2 = 1.59 Hz
n

Disp.

Time (Seconds)
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## SINGLE DOF SYSTEM UNDAMPED FREE VIBRATIONS

The results we saw from NEi Nastran had the correct frequency, but how do we
get the displacement value?
u&0

u0

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## The mathematical method balances Inertia energy and Stiffness

energy for a particular unique (or eigen) value solution

(1.0)

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## If viscous damping is assumed, the equation of motion becomes:

mu&&(t ) + bu& (t ) + ku (t ) = 0
There are 3 types of solution to this, defined as:
Critically Damped
Overdamped
Underdamped

## A swing door with a dashpot closing mechanism is a good analogy

If the door oscillates through the closed position it is underdamped
If it creeps slowly to the closed position it is overdamped.
If it closes in the minimum possible time, with no overswing, it is
critically damped.

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## For the critically damped case, there is no oscillation, just a

decay from the initial conditions:

u (t ) = ( A + Bt )e bt / 2 m
The damping in this case is defined as:

b = bcr = 2 km = 2m n
A system is overdamped when b > bcr
We are generally only interested in the final case - underdamped

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## DAMPED FREE VIBRATION SDOF (Cont.)

For the underdamped case b < bcr and the solution is the form:

u (t ) = e bt / 2 m ( A sin d t + B cos d t )
d

d = n 1 2

b
=
bcr
In most analyses

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## DAMPED FREE VIBRATION SDOF (Cont.)

The graph is from a transient analysis of the previous spring mass system with
damping applied

Frequency and
period as before
Amplitude is a
function of damping
Disp.
5% Damping
2%
Damping

Time
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note that

p sin t

## mu&&(t ) + bu& (t ) + ku (t ) = p sin t

The solution consists of two terms:
The initial response, due to initial conditions which decays rapidly in the presence of
damping

u (t ) = p / k

sin(t + )

(1

) 2 + (2 / n ) 2

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## This equation deserves inspection as it shows several important

dynamic characteristics:
Phase lead of the response relative to the input
(see next page)

u (t ) = p / k

and dominates as tends
to 0.0

sin(t + )

(1

) 2 + (2 / n ) 2

response to 0.0

## At = n this term = (2 )^2 and controls

the scaling of the response
At = n this term = 0.0
With no damping present this
results in an infinite response
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## From this is derived the Dynamic

Magnification Factor 1/2
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= tan

2 / n

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## DAMPING WITH FORCED VIBRATION (Cont.)

Summary:
For

<< 1
n
Magnification factor
Phase angle

For

>> 1
n
Magnification factor
Phase angle

For

1 (static solution)
360 (response is in phase with the force)

0 (no response)
180 (response has opposite sign of force)

1
n
Magnification factor
Phase angle

1/2
270
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## To explore the response of our spring mass system to the

forcing function we will use a Frequency Response
Analysis
This method allows us to compare the response of the
spring with the input force applied to the spring over a wide
range of input frequencies
It is more convenient in this case than running multiple
Transient Analyses, each with different input frequencies
We will apply the input load as 1 unit of force over a
frequency range from .1 Hz to 5 Hz
Damping is 1% of Critical
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## Magnification Factor = 1/2 = 1/G = 50

Static Response = p/k = .01
Peak Response = .5 at 1.59 Hz
Note:
Use of a Log scale helps identify low
order response
Displacement

Frequency
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## There are many important factors in setting up a Frequency Response Analysis

and we will cover these in a later section
For now, note the response is as predicted by the equation of motion
At 0 Hz result is p/k
At 1.59 Hz result is p/k factored by Dynamic Magnification
At 5 Hz result is low and becoming insignificant

## The Phase change is shown here:

In phase up to 1.59 Hz
Out of phase180 Degrees after 1 .59 Hz

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## DAMPING WITH FORCED VIBRATION (Cont.)

We now try a Transient analysis with a unit force applied to the spring at 1.59
Hz
Again damping of 1% Critical is applied
The result is shown on the next page:
The response takes around 32 seconds to reach a steady-state solution
After this time the displacement response magnitude stays constant at .45
units
The theoretical value of .5 is not reached due to numerical inaccuracy (see
later) and the difficulty of hitting the sharp peak

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Displacement

Time

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## DAMPING WITH FORCED VIBRATION (Cont.)

If we plot input and output at the steady-state period, we can see that the input signal is
not very accurate hence our problem finding the exact magnification factor
We can also see the phasing between input and output is around 90 degrees as expected
at resonance

## T input = 1/1.59 = 0.629 sec

output
input
=103 degrees (approx 90)
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2.
3.
4.
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6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.

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2nd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, 1986.
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## NORMAL MODES ANALYSIS

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2 DOF EQUATIONS OF MOTION

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## MULTI DEGREES OF FREEDOM

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LANCZOS METHOD

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MASS REPRESENTATION

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K

DOF: 1

2M
3

K
4

K = 1000 lbf/in
M = 20 lb

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OVERVIEW

## In the previous section we looked at a SDOF problem

of a spring mass system.
In this section we will look at Normal Modes analysis
of Multi Degree of Freedom problems
The steps we will follow are:
Building a 2 DOF equation of motion using engineering
approach.
Summarizing some important ideas about Normal Modes
that emerge.
Setting the same problem using a Matrix approach.
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## 2 DOF EQUATION OF MOTION USING AN

ENGINEERING APPROACH

x1
k

x2
k

2M

## Use an engineering approach to solve the equations of motion.

First, set up free body diagrams for the masses.
kx1

k(x2-x1)

k(x2-x1)

2M

m&x&1

kx2

m&x&2

## Equating the Inertia and Elastic terms we have,

For 1st mass:

M&x&1 = kx1 + k ( x2 x1 )

2 M&x&2 = k ( x1 x2 ) kx2

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## We assume the motion of x1 and x2 is harmonic so

x1 = A1 sin t
This means they vibrate at the same frequency but have
different
amplitudes A.
x2 = A2 sin t
We want to find what the frequency is, and the amplitudes.
Now

&x&1 = 2 A1 sin t

&x&2 = 2 A2 sin t

Then putting the harmonic terms into the free body equations.
For the 1st mass:
So

## M 2 A1 sin t = kA1 sin t + k ( A2 sin t A1 sin t )

(2k M 2 )A1 kA2 = 0

## For the 2nd mass: 2 M A2 sin t = k ( A1 sin t A2 sin t ) + kA2 sin t

2

so

kA1 + 2k 2 M 2 A2 = 0

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we have:
(2k 2 M )

A1 0
=
(2k 2 M ) A2 0

amplitudes
A
1

A2

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## We can solve this by using the determinant of the

above equation, letting 2=.
Two roots of the equation are found as 1 and 2.
These roots are called Eigenvalues.

k
1 = 1 = 0.634
m
2

2 = 2

k
= 2.366
m

## So the two frequencies where the inertia and elastic terms

balance are 1 and 2.

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## The amplitudes are investigated by substituting back

into the equations of motion.
In turns out we can only solve for the ratio of the
amplitudes.
1

A1
= 0.731
A2

A1
= 2.73
A2

## This is an important physical point in the analysis of

normal modes. We do not know the absolute
amplitudes, only relative amplitudes.
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## If we arbitrarily call A2 = 1.00, then we can express

the relative amplitudes as Mode Shapes or
Eigenvectors.
2

A1 2.73
=

A
1
.
00

A1 0.731
=

A
1
.
000

2
0.731

1.000

-2.731

Mode 1

1.000

Mode 2

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## The motion of all displacements is assumed

harmonic.
Resonance is found at a set of Natural Frequencies
where the Inertia terms balance the Elastic terms.
The Natural Frequencies are calculated by an
Eigenvalue Method
The relative amplitude, or mode shape, is found for
each natural frequency.

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Solution.
k

DOF: 1

2M

## The individual element stiffness matrices [K1],[K2],

and [K3] are:
1 1

[K ] = [K ] = [K ] = k
1

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## To derive the model stiffness matrix [K], we assemble

the individual element stiffness matrices [K1],[K2],
and [K3]:
1
2
3
4
DOF:
1 1

1 1 + 1 1

[K ] = k
1 1 + 1 1

1
1

0.0
2 1
[K ] = k

1
2

and

1 0
[M ] = m
0 2

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## The equation of motion in matrix form is:

[M ]{&x&} + [K ]{x} = 0
If we substitute in

{x} = { }e
{&x&} = { }e
[M ]{ } + [K ]{ } = 0
i t

And
Then
So

it

## This means we have a mode shape,

{} , which varies sinusoidally with a
frequency .

([K ] [M ]){ } = 0
2

2 1
0
2 1
k

1 2 m 0 2 { } = 0

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## This means we can find a mode

shape, {}, and frequency where
the inertia terms and elastic terms
balance

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## If we have a set of n physical degrees of freedom (2

in our case)
Then we have n sets of unique Eigenvalues i2 and
eigenvectors {i}
where i = 1 to n

For each of these sets, the inertia terms balance the elastic
terms and this is the definition of resonance.

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So at

k
m

0.731
{1} =

1
.
000

1.000
2

frequency

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## Let us add some values in and check out the numbers:

Let k = 1000 units of force / length
Let m = 20 units of mass

Then

k
1 = 0.634 = 5.629 rads s = 0.896 Hz
m
k
2 = 2.366 = 10.875 rads s = 1.731Hz
m

(Hertz)

f
2

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## If we load this model with a time dependant set of

forces at DOF 2 and 3 we will get a displacement
response which is a combination of the two mode
shapes we calculated.
n
So {x(t )} = {i }i(t)
i =1

in our case

{x (t )} = 11 (t ) + 2 2 (t )

0.731

{x(t )} =

1.000

1(t)
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-2.731

1.000

2(t)
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DOF: 1

2M
3

K
4

K = 1000 lbf/in
M = 20 lb

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## The NEi Nastran .nas file will contain the connectivity

definition of the CELAS2 elements

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## The NEi Nastran nas file will contain the CONM2

elements, there is one for each mass point.

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## 2 DOF EQUATION OF MOTION

The NEi Nastran Solution , Case Control,
Parameter and EIGRL definition:

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## 2 DOF EQUATION OF MOTION

The NEi Nastran results showing first and second
natural frequencies

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## The values agree with those we calculated earlier.

The meaning of the Generalized Mass and Stiffness
will be discussed in the next few pages.
1 = 0.796

k
= 5.629rad / s = 0.896 Hz
m

2 = 1.538

k
= 10.875rad / s = 1.731Hz
m

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## 2 DOF EQUATION OF MOTION

The NEi Nastran mode shape results:

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## The difference in the normalization methods between the hand

calculation and Nastran is interesting:
In the hand calc we normalized displacement at Grid 3 to 1.000
quite arbitrarily

2.731
{2 } =

1
.
000

## The Nastran method we selected in this run was Mass. This

means the maximum value in the e-vector list is set to modal mass
1.000 for each e-vector, so
.19858
{2 } =

.07268
This emphasizes that all we know about the e-vectors in a Normal
Modes analysis is their relative values we know the shape, but
not the amplitude.
The commonly used normalization method called Mass
normalization is discussed over page.
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## Mass normalization is a useful way of normalizing an

Eigenvector because it can be thought of as a
universal standard.
We scale {} so that for each mode:
{ }T [M ]{ } = [I ]

{i }T [M ]{i } = 1.0

## If we wish to compare modes between different

analyses, or even to test data, then it becomes
meaningful to compare the mass normalized
eigenvectors as:

{MODEL1}T [M ]{MODEL 2 }
{MODEL }T [M ]{TEST }

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## 2 DOF EQUATION OF MOTION

The term {}T [M]{} is called the Generalized Mass.
It is clearly orthogonal if we can equate it to an Identity
matrix in Mass Normalisation.
In general, orthogonality is defined as:

{i }T [M ]{i } = mi
{i }T [M ]{ j }= 0.0

## Generalized Stiffness, {}T [K]{} can be defined in a

similar way:

{i }T [K ]{i } = ki
{i }T [K ]{ j }= 0.0
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## EXTENDING TO MULTI DOF PROBLEMS

Normal Modes of Multi Degree of Freedom (MDOF)

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## EXTENDING TO MULTI DOF PROBLEMS

Beam Section properties:

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## EXTENDING TO MULTI DOF PROBLEMS (Cont.)

Analysis Results:
First 10 Natural Frequencies range from 166 Hz to 2764 Hz
Generalized Mass is 1.0 in all modes due to Mass Normalization

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## EXTENDING TO MULTI DOF PROBLEMS (Cont.)

Analysis Results:
It is very important to identify each mode by shape as well as by frequency. Only by
doing both will an unambiguous definition of the response be made.
For example the frequencies could easily shift to switch Mode 9 and 10. Only by
description or plot can we confirm which is which
Mode

Frequency

Description

166.75

xz plane bend 1

409.17

xy plane bend 1

454.60

xz plane bend 2

878.67

xz plane bend 3

1033.28

xy plane bend 2

1427.49

xz plane bend 4

1842.85

xy plane bend 3

2089.58

xz plane bend 5

2761.51

axial

10

2764.00

xy plane bend 4

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XY plane Modes

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XZ Plane Modes

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Axial Mode

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## EXTENDING TO MULTI DOF PROBLEMS (Cont.)

Remember, we defined the contribution of each mode as the modal
displacement:
So

{x(t )} = { }
i =1 to n

## In the 2 DOF case

{x(t )} = 11 + 2 2

## For the beam example, it may be possible to represent the response to

loading in the XZ plane using the first three modes. The assumption is that
the higher modes do not contribute significantly to the solution.
This is a significant advantage of modal methods, the response of the
beam, {x(t)}, has 222 physical degrees of freedom.
But we can represent the response by 3 Modal DOF, i
EXTREME CARE must be taken when assuming which modes contribute and
we will discuss this more in later sections.
As a taster consider the following over page

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## EXTENDING TO MULTI DOF PROBLEMS (Cont.)

Possible Problems with 3 modes only:
If we have loading in the XY plane, the response will be represented by first
order bending and will therefore be limited in accuracy
If the XZ loading excites at multiple inputs as shown, then the first two
modes may not represent the response, and the third order mode may be
needed

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## EXTENDING TO MULTI DOF PROBLEMS (Cont.)

Repeat the example with different element sizes:

## mesh size = 0.5 inch

Frequency Description

Mode

## mesh size = 4 inch

Frequency Description

## mesh size = 12 inch

Frequency Description

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

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LANCZOS METHOD

## Real Eigenvalue Extraction Data, Lanczos Method

Defines data needed to perform real eigenvalue (vibration or buckling)
analysis with the Lanczos method.
Many advanced settings, basics covered here

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MASS REPRESENTATION

## A model uses a value of 0.00259 as the weight mass conversion

parameter - what does this mean?
Nastran requires consistent units.
Some systems of Units (including the US system) define density as
being a Weight Per Unit Volume (eg. lbs/in3).
This is not a consistent unit if used with loads of lbf and dimensions of
inches.

## The weight mass conversion parameter converts weight mass

units to mass units by scaling by the appropriate units of
acceleration due to gravity.

## So for our model defined in lbs and inches, g = 386.4 in/s2

PARAM,WTMASS,0.00259 converts the mass of the structure to
the correct units of (lbf/in/s^2).
Some industries also mix SI units for convenience, so density may
be given in N/m3 instead of the correct term Kg/m3
In this case PARAM,WTMASS,0.102 will scale by g = 9.81m/s^2

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MASS REPRESENTATION

## Another common method used in industry is to have length

measured in mm for convenience, but still want to apply forces
in N.
When converting a non-standard system of units the golden rule
is to apply Newtons Law of Motion and then dimensional
equivalence
Force = Mass * Acceleration
N = (mass units) * mm/s2
Kg *m/s2 = (mass units) *mm/s2
Kg *m/s2 = (Kg*103) * mm/s2

## So mass is in Kg*103 or Metric Tonnes and density is then

Tonnes/mm3 and these units should be used in the model
In this case if units of Kg mass and Kg/mm3 density are used in the
model PARAM,WTMASS,0.001 will scale the mass and density
units correctly.

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## For every DOF in which a structure is not totally constrained, it

allows a Rigid Body Mode (stress-free mode) or a mechanism.
There should be six Rigid Body Modes.

## The natural frequency of each Rigid Body Mode should be zero.

A later section is devoted to discussion of Rigid Body Modes
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## We now consider some reasons to compute natural frequencies

and normal modes of structures
To assess the dynamic characteristics of a structure.
For example, if a structure is going to be subject to rotational or cyclic
see if the frequency of the input is close to one of the natural
frequencies of the structure.

## Passing blade frequencies of a helicopter

Rotational speed of an automobile wheel
Rotational speed of a lathe
Vortex shedding or flutter of bridge and deck structures
Assess the possible dynamic amplification of the loads.
If a structure is loaded near a natural frequency with an input that
matches that frequency then the dynamic amplification can be
significant for a lightly damped structure, perhaps being an order of

## Dynamic response of aircraft structure due to landing loads

Dynamic response of Tacoma Narrows bridge, runaway
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## Use the Modal Data (natural frequencies and mode shapes) in a

subsequent dynamic analysis
We will see later that we have a class of transient and frequency
response analysis methods that use modal techniques, using
Modal data.

## Assess requirements of subsequent dynamic analysis

For Transient response, calculate time steps based on the highest
frequency of interest
For Frequency response, calculate the range of frequencies of
interest

## Guide the experimental analysis of structures

Identify optimum location of accelerometers, etc.
Avoid overstressing of components

## Evaluate the effect of design changes

A normal modes analysis will give a clear indication of of frequency
shifts, changes in mode shapes to allow an early judgment on
effect of design changes to be made

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## The following section explores the key factors:

mesh density
element type
mass distribution
detail of constraints
detail of joints

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MESH DENSITY
Mesh Density
The mesh must be fine enough to permit a representation of the of the
highest mode considered
In the case of the beam, we assumed the second order mode was
sufficient. The mesh is adequate for this.
However, if the higher order mode shown is required, then the mesh is

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## NORMAL MODES ANALYSIS WITH VARIOUS MESH

SIZE
Rectangular plate.
The coarse mesh (2 x 1)is unable to represent any higher order bending or torsional
modes, so it drops these and finds higher frequency in plane extensional and
shearing modes
Mode

133.1

Mesh 1a (10 x 4)
Description

Mode

120.1

348.7

821.4

2043

Mesh 1b (2 x 1)
Description

Mode

133.6

395.7

689.6

624.5

832.8

1003.

2133.

2278.

2144.

2332.

2358.

8722.

2358.

3705.

9988.

4051.

4344.

16667

4552.

4763.

Bending

20793

5633.

Bending

10

5569.

Bending

10

22799

10

6433.

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Description

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ELEMENT TYPE
Element Type
The type of element chosen is very important in dynamic
analysis, in that it can control the stiffness representation
and to a lesser extent the mass distribution of the structure.
Examples of poor choices are:
Using TET4 elements to model solid structures. If they are used
in relatively thin regions that have plate or shell the results can
be very poor. TET10 or preferably HEXA are a better choice.
If RBE2 is used instead of an RBE3 on a flexible structure such
as a satellite platform then it may over stiffen the structure and

## In the next workshop a classic structure is analyzed using

different elements.

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Bracket Example
Bath Tub Fitting ( Tension to Shear Load transfer )
The geometry is found in the Femap examples folder.
Constrain as shown
Apply Material as shown
Mesh with TET10s; fine, coarse TET4s; fine , coarse

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Bracket Example
Bath Tub Fitting ( Tension to Shear Load transfer )
Fine mesh TET10 model is assumed as baseline.
A very coarse TET10 mesh has maximum errors of 15.8%
A very coarse TET4 mesh has maximum errors of 135%
A fine mesh TET4 has maximum errors of 7.7%
TET10
fine
Mode

coarse

TET4

v coarse

fine

coarse

v coarse

## 691101 DOF 18945 DOF difference 2187 DOF

difference 105259 DOF difference
3291 DOF difference 1216 DOF
difference
1
793
808
1.98
918
15.80
854
7.69
1274
60.77
1867
135.53
2
873
885
1.46
1007
15.42
935
7.15
1349
54.60
1917
119.70
3
2628
2653
0.95
2805
6.73
2770
5.40
3493
32.93
4760
81.13
4
3949
4065
2.92
4503
14.03
4209
6.57
5783
46.45
8115
105.49
5
5696
5613
-1.47
5772
1.32
5884
3.30
7171
25.88
10708
87.98
6
5860
6078
3.71
6770
15.53
6277
7.12
8065
37.63
10981
87.38
7
6910
6960
0.72
7094
2.66
7063
2.22
9302
34.61
12932
87.16
8
6995
7207
3.03
7819
11.78
7324
4.71
9535
36.31
14794
111.49
9
9491
9740
2.63
10562
11.29
9925
4.58
13279
39.92
18702
97.06
10

10046

10250

2.03

11294

12.43

10679

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14778

47.10

20044

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## Tuning Fork Example

We are interested in the first elastic mode of the tuning fork. The theoretical value is
440 Hz, and is known as the A above middle C musical note.
As an aside, it is interesting to note that the vertical translation of the stem
is what excites an instrument or another object that the tuning fork is placed
against.
Import the Femap geometry
Test the first natural frequency
Adjust the length of the tuning fork to get a better match

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MASS DISTRIBUTION
Mass Distribution
A poor stiffness representation can influence a structure
badly and a poor mass representation can also have the
same effect.
The mass values may be wrong due to user error. The
values can be checked in the Nastran output file
There are two forms of mass representation in Nastran
lumped and coupled. Differences may occur in the analysis
depending on which is selected.

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DETAIL OF JOINTS
Detail of Joints:
Is the joint flexibility correct?
For example a corner of a formed sheet structure will have an
internal radius which increases its torsional stiffness. It may be
important in this case to include the torsional stiffness via ROD
element.

## If bolts are used to connect components together then the

bolt stiffness may play an important role in dynamic analysis.

CROD

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DETAIL OF CONSTRAINTS
Detail of Constraints
When we idealize a structure we always make assumptions about
the connection to an adjacent structure or to ground.
Hence if a panel is surrounded on all sides by reinforcing structure, do
we represent that as fully built in, simply supported, or model an
equivalent edge stiffness using CELAS or CBUSH elements?

## A particularly difficult case is where the connectivity is ill-defined,

such as the push-fit and snap connectors of a typical car dashboard
assembly.
Remember there is no such thing in nature as an infinitely stiff
connection or structure.
The mode shapes of the tower shown on the next slide are
significantly changed by the fact that the connection to ground is
not rigid. Errors will occur if it is assumed fully fixed.

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## ANALYSIS OF A TOWER WITH SOFT GROUND

CONNECTION
Objectives:
Account for the soil-base interaction using CBUSH
elements.

## Soil Stiffness modeled with CBUSH

Elements

Tower Leg

RBE2

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HAND CALCULATIONS

Hand Calculations
Manual checking of the frequencies in an analysis to make
sure answers are in the right ballpark can involve:
Using simple analogies of the structure to match standard
solutions in Roark or Blevins
Applying a 1g load in relevant directions and using the resultant
displacement at the cg. to calculate an equivalent SDOF
frequency.
Using idealization techniques to create simple FE models to
verify important modes of a complex model.

## Remember the frequency is proportional to (k/m)1/2, therefore

consider whether stiffness or mass dominates errors and
that frequency can be relatively insensitive to errors in both.

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## CHECK LIST FOR NORMAL MODES PRIOR TO

DOING FURTHER ANALYSIS

## RBMs - are they as expected

Is the frequency range adequate (we will discuss this more in
the section on modal effective mass)
Are the modes clearly identified