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Handbook on Stiffness & Damping in Mechanical Design
Eugene I. Rivin
Eugene I. Rivin
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Stiffness and, to a lesser degree, damping characteristics of mechanical systems are, obviously, dependent on stiffness and damping characteristics and modes of loading of its components. These issues are addressed in this chapter, mostly for components having linear load-deflection characteristics. The structural elements with nonlinear characteristics are described in Chapter 3. An important special case of components/subsystems having multiple load-carrying elements is addressed in Appendix 6. Both stiffness and damping characteristics of mechanical systems are strongly dependent on connecting units (joints) between the components. This issue is specially addressed in Chapter 4.

2.1 Influence of Mode of Loading on Stiffness
2.2 Influence of Beam Design on its Bending Stiffness and Damping
2.2.1 Round versus Rectangular Cross Section
2.2.2 Stiffness and Damping of Helically Patterned Tubular Beams
2.2.3 Composite/Honeycomb Beams and Plates
2.3 Torsional Stiffness
2.4 Influence of Stress Concentrations
2.5 Stiffness of Frame/Bed Components
2.5.1 Local Deformations of Frame Parts
2.6 General Comments on Stiffness Enhancement of Structural Components
2.7 Stiffness-Critical Metal Elastic Elements (Springs)
2.7.1 Coil Springs
2.7.2 Slotted Springs
2.7.3 Friction Springs
2.7.4 Miniature Tabular Elastic Elements Utilizing Giant Superelasticity Effect
2.8 Static Deformation Characteristics of Quasi-Linear Rubber Elements
2.8.1 Stiffness of Bonded Rubber Blocks
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