System damping for a single mode in resonance is often estimated from a measurement of the bandwidth of the frequency response function. While the bandwidth is customarily measured between the half-power frequencies, it is also possible to choose any other fraction of the maximum amplitude. If the damping is linear, i.e., if the loss factor is independent of amplitude, the same damping will be found with any such choice. While intuition might suggest that the damping of a nonlinear system would be better estimated from a bandwidth taken closer to the maximum amplitude, this is shown to be false.
A Note on the Estimation of Nonlinear System Damping
Contributed by the Applied Mechanics Division of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF APPLIED MECHANICS. Manuscript received by the ASME Applied Mechanics Division, March 26, 2002; final revision, December 18, 2002. Associate Editor: N. C. Perkins.
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Torvik , P. J. (June 11, 2003). "A Note on the Estimation of Nonlinear System Damping ." ASME. J. Appl. Mech. May 2003; 70(3): 449–450. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1571859
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