Multi-objective optimisation of viscoelastic damping inserts in honeycomb sandwich structures
Fieldsend, Jonathan E.
Evans, Kenneth E.
Smith, Christopher W.
Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V.
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The Double-Shear Lap Joint (DSLJ) is a novel damping insert sited internally within a structure which is particularly well suited for lightweight sandwich structures with internal voids, such as honeycomb core sandwich panels. In high performance lightweight structures, the insertion of relatively more dense dampers of any type may increase the total mass substantially and alter the mass distribution significantly. The objective herein was to determine the optimum location, number and orientation of DSLJ inserts within a typical sandwich panel, and thereby to assess the efficacy of two different optimisation approaches to this problem; a parametric optimisation and the Adaptive Indicator-Based Evolutionary Algorithm (IBEA). Both approaches were used to maximise the damping while minimising the additional mass of the damping inserts applied to the structure. Although the parametric approach was faster and easier to implement, the Adaptive IBEA identified significantly better configurations in many cases, especially where veering occurred, in one case improving modal loss factors more than fourfold vs the parametric method. Solutions were identified with large increases in modal loss factors but only small increases in mass vs the empty structure.
This work was supported by the MEET project (Material for Energy Efficiency in Transport) in the context of the INTERREG IV-A France (Channel) England European cross-border co-operation programme, which is co-financed by the ERDF.
Vol. 132, pp. 451 - 463