As composite materials are becoming increasingly applied in actively controlled flexible structures, the need for practical uncertainty bounding to capture the effect of normal manufacturing variations on their dynamic behavior is also increasing. Currently, there is a lack of quantification of manufacturing variation of composite materials cast in a robust control framework. This work presents a simple experimental study on a particular case of composite member. The modal parameters of a set of 12 unidirectional carbon fiber reinforce polymer beams are identified. A nominal finite element model is numerically fit to the average experimental natural frequencies and antiresonances. The model is augmented with real parametric uncertainties placed on the modal parameters. The bound on the uncertainties is found both deterministically, to capture all experimentally observed data, and stochastically using a predetermined confidence interval. The two uncertainty bounding approaches are compared through the resulting bound on the beam model frequency response. Also, simulations are conducted to compare possible time responses using the two uncertainty bounds. It is found that the utilized structure of parametric uncertainties is effective at capturing the experimentally observed behavior.

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