FEA/experimental investigation of grooved kinematic coupled structures

Vijay Kulkarni, Roberert R. Vallance, Suzanne W. Smith

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Kinematic couplings are routinely used in instruments and optical systems to precisely (repeat ably) position one object with respect to another. Typical instruments and optical systems contain few dynamic elements that induce vibrations, and they frequently include passive or active systems to isolate transmission of ground vibrations. As a result, kinematic couplings can be designed without considering dynamic performance. In fact, kinematically coupled bodies are generally assumed to be rigid. More recently, kinematic couplings are finding a variety of applications in manufacturing processes and machinery where improved precision can improve process repeatability. In manufacturing applications, kinematically coupled bodies are subjected to dynamic excitation from moving machine elements, process dynamics, and noise transmitted from the factory floor. In these circumstances, the rigid body assumption is no longer applicable, and significant errors may arise due to vibrations within the kinematically coupled structure. In this paper, the results of simpler finite element modeling approach are compared to results of experimental modal analysis on fundamental kinematic coupling configuration. Effects of split groove kinematic coupling on the dynamics of a fundamental configuration□on flexible, rectangular plates attached to a rigid bases via three-groove kineamtic coupling is also investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIMAC-XXIV
Subtitle of host publicationConference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics - Looking Forward: Technologies for IMAC
StatePublished - 2006
Event24th Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics 2006, IMAC-XXIV - St Louis, MI, United States
Duration: Jan 30 2006Feb 2 2006

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series
ISSN (Print)2191-5644
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5652


Conference24th Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics 2006, IMAC-XXIV
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt Louis, MI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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