Applied Composite Materials

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 85–113 | Cite as

Damping Analysis of Cylindrical Composite Structures with Enhanced Viscoelastic Properties

  • Mathias KliemEmail author
  • Jan Høgsberg
  • Joachim Vanwalleghem
  • Angelos Filippatos
  • Stefan Hoschützky
  • Edith-Roland Fotsing
  • Christian Berggreen


Constrained layer damping treatments are widely used in mechanical structures to damp acoustic noise and mechanical vibrations. A viscoelastic layer is thereby applied to a structure and covered by a stiff constraining layer. When the structure vibrates in a bending mode, the viscoelastic layer is forced to deform in shear mode. Thus, the vibration energy is dissipated as low grade frictional heat. This paper documents the efficiency of passive constrained layer damping treatments for low frequency vibrations of cylindrical composite specimens made of glass fibre-reinforced plastics. Different cross section geometries with shear webs have been investigated in order to study a beneficial effect on the damping characteristics of the cylinder. The viscoelastic damping layers are placed at different locations within the composite cylinder e.g. circumferential and along the neutral plane to evaluate the location-dependent efficiency of constrained layer damping treatments. The results of the study provide a thorough understanding of constrained layer damping treatments and an improved damping design of the cylindrical composite structure. The highest damping is achieved when placing the damping layer in the neutral plane perpendicular to the bending load. The results are based on free decay tests of the composite structure.


Composite structure Passive damping treatment Filament winding Vibration analysis Function integration 



Thanks to Prof. M. Gude and Prof. N. Modler from the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology of TU Dresden for their kind cooperation in manufacturing the cylindrical specimens. The authors are also indebted to The Soundcoat Company, providing the viscoelastic material for the vibrational tests.

Funding Information

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This research is supported by Innovationsfonden Denmark via the project Power Pylons of the Future (PoPyFu) in collaboration with Bystrup and Tuco Marine ApS, which are gratefully acknowledged.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Declaration of conflicting interests

The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship and/or publication of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringTechnical University of DenmarkLyngbyDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  3. 3.Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer TechnologyTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany
  4. 4.Leichtbau-Zentrum Sachsen GmbHDresdenGermany
  5. 5.Department of Mechanical EngineeringPolytechnique MontréalMontréalCanada

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