In this article, we compare the performance of a tuned-mass damper mounted at the end of a cantilever beam to the Lanchester damper which was shown in the previous article. The classic single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) tuned-mass damper is sketched in the figure below. The design approach is to find the equivalent SDOF system for the cantilever beam’s mode of interest and then use the design formulas for an optimal SDOF TMD to determine the stiffness and damping of the absorber.

The equivalent SDOF primary system of the cantilever beam near natural frequency of interest can be determined from the results of an FEA analysis, or analytically for a system as simple as this cantilever beam. The relevant parameters are the effective modal mass and the natural frequency.

The tuning rules for an SDOF tuned-mass damper can be found in a many different references including *Mechanical Vibrations* by J.P. Den Hartog (google books link).

The tuning ratio of the absorber is given by

where is the mass ratio. The damping ratio of the absorber is given by

where is the critical damping ratio

The absorber properties are

The figure below shows the transfer function for a tuned-mass damper of 5% added mass. We performed two designs. In the first case, the TMD is optimized for the first bending mode and in the second case, it is optimized for the second mode. Because of the tuned-mass damper adding additional degrees of freedom and being relatively lightly damped, the original mode splits into two modes (one with the beam and damper moving in phase and one with the beam and damper moving out of phase).

Damping with tuned-mass damper optimized for first mode

Mode 1 – 13.5 and 13.3% damping

Mode 2 – 0.7% damping

Mode 3 – 0.24% damping

Mode 4 – 0.13% damping

Damping with tuend-mass damper optimized for second mode

Mode 1 – 0.7% damping

Mode 2 – 11 and 16% damping

Mode 3 – 1.7% damping

Mode 4 – 0.8% damping