A simple design criterion that determines whether a normal mode multiple degree of freedom damped linear lumped parameter system can or cannot resonate is presented. The relations are derived based on criteria for resonance in the single degree of freedom case, and on the definiteness of certain combinations of coefficient matrices. An example follows that both numerically verifies the derivation and illustrates the simplicity of implementing the result as a design criterion.
Issue Section:Vibration and Sound
Topics:Design, Resonance, Degrees of freedom, Lumped parameter models
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