Determination of the Transfer Matrix for Isolators Using Simulation with Application to Determining Insertion Loss

Shishuo Sun, David W. Herrin, John Baker

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Transmissibility is the most common metric used for isolator characterization. However, engineers are becoming increasingly concerned about energy transmission through an isolator at high frequencies and how the compliance of the machine and foundation factor into the performance. In this paper, the transfer matrix approach for isolator characterization is first reviewed. Two methods are detailed for determining the transfer matrix of an isolator using finite element simulation. This is accomplished by determining either the mobility or impedance matrix for the isolator and then converting to a transfer matrix. It is shown that results are similar using either approach. In both cases, the isolator is first pre-loaded before the transfer matrix is determined. The approach to find isolator insertion loss is demonstrated for an isolator between two plates, and the effect of making changes to the structural impedance on the machine side of the isolator by adding ribs is examined. After which, the value of isolator insertion loss as a metric is examined for a case where multiple isolators are used on a construction cab. The results suggest that the metric has limited value at lower frequencies but may be appropriate at higher frequencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)946-952
Number of pages7
JournalSAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 15 2015

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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