We prove the duality of solutions for the problem of determining the boundary conditions on two opposite sides of a rectangular plate from the frequency spectrum of its bending vibrations. A method for determining the boundary conditions on two opposite sides of a rectangular plate from nine natural frequencies is obtained. The results of numerical experiments justifying the theoretical conclusions of the paper are presented. Rectangular plates are widely used in various technical fields. They serve as printed circuit boards and header plates, bridging plates, aircraft and ship skin, and parts of various mechanical structures [1–4]. If the plate fixing cannot be inspected visually, then one can use the natural bending vibration frequencies to find faults in the plate fixing. For circular and annular plates, methods for testing the plate fixing were found in [5–7], where it was shown that the type of fixing of a circular or annular plate can be determined uniquely from the natural bending vibration frequencies. The following question arises: Is it possible to determine the type of fixing of a rectangular plate on two opposite sides of the plate from the natural bending vibration frequencies if the other two sides are simply supported? Since the opposite sides of the plate are equivalent to each other, a plate with “rigid restraint—free edge” fixing will sound exactly the same as a plate with “free edge—rigid restraint” fixing. Hence we cannot say that the type of fixing of a rectangular plate on two opposite sides can be uniquely determined from its natural bending vibration frequencies. But it turns out that we can speak of duality in the solution of this problem. Here we observe an analogy with the problem of determining the rigidity coefficients of springs for elastic fixing of a string : the rigidity coefficients of the springs are determined by the natural frequencies uniquely up to permutations of the springs.
|Original language||American English|
|Journal||Mechanics of Solids|
|State||Published - 2007|