Reducing Structural Vibrations With Unidirectional Composites
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Leyla S Kern is a materials engineering researcher at ETH Zurich.

                       

Reducing Structural Vibrations With Unidirectional Composites

Vibrations of structural elements are often unwanted and disturbing. Not only do they reduce the service life of structures but also cause noise that can even affect health. Therefore, the reduction of structural vibrations is of continuing research interest. To this end, polymer matrix composites have proven to be very well suited, as they can exhibit both high stiffness and damping qualities. Such composites are commonly employed in various applications, ranging from aircraft to high-end audio equipment. By dissipating the...

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