Experimental Techniques

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 299–309 | Cite as

Effect of Temperature on the Dynamic Response of Adhesively Mounted Accelerometers

  • A. Spaggiari
  • M. Cocconcelli


This paper focuses on the effect of temperature on the frequency response function (FRF) of three different structural adhesives; namely a two component methylmethacrylate (HBM X60), a modified silane (Terostat 939) and a cyanoacrylate (Loctite 454). The structural adhesives are commonly used in vibration analysis to mount accelerometers on structures or machines. The stiffness of the adhesive can influence the response function on large frequency band, affecting the proportional excitation between the structure and the accelerometer. In the “system structure + adhesive + accelerometer”, the adhesive may acts like a filter between the source and the sink of vibrations. A variation of the dynamic response of the filter could lead to an erroneous analysis. The authors already investigated the relation between the frequency response function and operating conditions of the test. This paper expands the research by considering the temperature effect in order to depict a complete picture of the adhesive behavior on dynamic response of an accelerometer. A design of experiments (DOE) approach was used to test two bonded aluminum bases at different levels of temperature and frequency of the external sinusoidal excitation, supplied by an electromagnetic shaker. The results clearly demonstrate that the adhesive is not able to change the system response, therefore the signal transmission is good in the entire range of temperature regardless the adhesive chosen.


Temperature Mechanical properties of adhesives Accelerometers mounting Vibration transmissivity Experimental testing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Engineering Sciences and MethodsUniversity of Modena and Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly

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