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A constrained optimization solution for Caughey damping coefficients in seismic analysis

Danguang Pan, Chenfeng Li Orcid Logo

Engineering Computations, Volume: 34, Issue: 3

Swansea University Author: Chenfeng Li Orcid Logo

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PurposeExtended from the classic Rayleigh damping model in structural dynamics, the Caughey damping model allows the damping ratios to be specified in multiple modes while satisfying the orthogonality conditions. Despite of these desirable properties, Caughey damping suffers from a few major drawbac...

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Published in: Engineering Computations
ISSN: 0264-4401
Published: 2017
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa29479
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Abstract: PurposeExtended from the classic Rayleigh damping model in structural dynamics, the Caughey damping model allows the damping ratios to be specified in multiple modes while satisfying the orthogonality conditions. Despite of these desirable properties, Caughey damping suffers from a few major drawbacks: (1) depending on the frequency distribution of the significant modes, it can be difficult to choose the reference frequencies that ensure reasonable values for all damping ratios corresponding to the significant modes; (2) it cannot ensure all damping ratios are positive. This paper presents a constrained quadratic programming approach to address these issues.Design/methodology/approachThe new method minimizes the error of the structural displacement peak based on the response spectrum theory, while all modal damping ratios are constrained to be greater than zero.FindingsThe proposed method is highly efficient and allows the damping ratios to be conveniently specified for all significant modes, producing optimal damping coefficients in practical applications. Several comprehensive examples are presented to demonstrate the accuracy and effectiveness of the proposed method, and comparisons with existing approaches are provided whenever possible.Originality/valueThe proposed method is highly efficient and allows the damping ratios to be conveniently specified for all significant modes, producing optimal damping coefficients in practical applications. Several comprehensive examples are presented to demonstrate the accuracy and effectiveness of the proposed method, and comparisons with existing approaches are provided whenever possible.
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 3