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dc.contributor.authorAnakok, Isilen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-10T08:01:18Z
dc.date.available2018-07-10T08:01:18Z
dc.date.issued2018-07-09en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:16618en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/83890
dc.description.abstractThe main focus of this present work is to study how mechanical steady state traveling waves can be generated and propagated through one dimensional media by applying forces. By steady state traveling waves we refer to propagating mechanical waves in a finite medium that never exhibit reflections at the boundaries and continuously move from one end of the structure to the other. Mechanical waves can be classified as traveling, standing and hybrid waves that are the results of the interplay of excitation forces, applied force locations, and the boundary conditions of the structure. Traveling waves carry energy through a defined medium while standing waves keep energy at certain areas that are associated with the modes of excitation. To understand the interaction of systems that exhibit traveling waves with their surrounding media (i.e., swimming flagella, manta ray locomotion), it is crucial to first understand the wave propagation and what is desired in these structural systems. The parameters that affect the generation and propagation of waves should be welldefined to control and manipulate the desired system’s response. One-dimensional string and rod equations are studied with various boundary conditions to generate steady-state traveling waves in a string and longitudinal traveling waves in a rod. Two excitation forces are applied to a string and a rod near the boundaries to understand the generation and propagation of traveling and standing waves at various frequencies. The work examines the quality of the wave propagation in a string, and in a rod. A cost function approach is applied to identify the quality of such waves. Furthermore, steady-state square traveling waves are generated in a string and in-plane in a rod, both theoretically and experimentally. To the authors’ knowledge this is the first time this has been attempted in the literature. Determining the quality of traveling waves and understanding the parameters on the wave propagation of a string and rod can lead to further understand and leverage various engineering disciplines such as mechanical actuation mechanisms, propulsion of flagella, and the basilar membrane in the ear’s cochlea.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectTraveling Wavesen_US
dc.subjectVibrationsen_US
dc.subjectTwo-force excitationen_US
dc.subjectCost Functionen_US
dc.subjectStringsen_US
dc.subjectBarsen_US
dc.subjectRodsen_US
dc.titleA Study on Steady State Traveling Waves in Strings and Rodsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairTarazaga, Pablo Albertoen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEmbree, Mark Particken_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKurdila, Andrew J.en_US


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