Driving torque of rotating machinery, such as automobile engines, changes periodically. As a result, torsional vibrations occur and cause serious noise and vibration problems. In this study, the dynamic characteristics of centrifugal pendulum vibration absorbers restraining torsional vibration is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. In the theoretical analysis, the nonlinear characteristics are taken into consideration under the assumption of large amplitude vibration of pendulum. It is clarified that the centrifugal pendulum, although it has remarkable effects on suppressing harmonic vibration, induces large amplitude harmonic vibrations, the second and third superharmonic resonances, and unstable vibrations of harmonic type. We propose various methods to suppress these secondarily induced vibration and show that it is possible to suppress torsional vibrations to substancially zero amplitude in all through the rotational speed range.

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