Evaluation of TLCD Damping Factor from FRF Measurement Due to Variation of the Fluid Viscosity


Tuned Liquid Column Damper (TLCD) has become an alternative solution for reducing low frequency vibration response of machines and structures. This is not surprisingly that the damper has simply structure and low maintenance cost. The main disadvantage of using TLCD is the complexity in controlling TLCD damping factor experimentally. Theoretically, damping factor can be controlled by adjusting the orifice dimension. However, this method is time consuming and not appropriate conducted in the real application. A more simply method for adjusting TLCD damping factor is by varying the fluid viscosity. This research is aimed to evaluate the effect of fluid viscosity to the damper performance. Two DOF shear structure with TLCD is used as the experimental model. Several TLCD fluids with different viscosity are evaluated. Evaluation of TLCD damping factor due to variation of the fluid viscosity is conducted by comparing the Frequency Response Function (FRF) obtained from the experimental data.

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