The dynamic characteristics of a part are highly dependent on geometric and material properties of the part. The identification and tracking of vibrational mode shapes within an iterative design process becomes difficult and time consuming due to the frequently changing part definition. Currently, visual inspection of analysis results is used as the means to identify the shape of each vibrational mode determined by the modal analysis. This thesis investigates the automation of the mode shape identification process through the use of parametric geometry and the Modal Assurance Criterion. Displacement results from finite element modal analysis are used to create parametric geometry templates which can be compared one to another irrespective of part geometry or finite element mesh density. Automation of the mode shape identification process using parametric geometry and the Modal Assurance Criterion allows for the mode shapes from a baseline design to be matched to modified part designs, giving the designer a more complete view of the part's dynamic properties. It also enables the identification process to be completed much more quickly than by visual inspection.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Mechanical Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Selin, Evan D., "Application of Parametric NURBS Geometry to Mode Shape Identification and the Modal Assurance Criterion" (2012). All Theses and Dissertations. 3558.
NURBS, modal analysis, MAC, mode shape identification, automation