## Review of single and multi-degree of freedom (mdof) systems: Complex Representation for Vibrations

When dealing with vibrating equations it is often more efficient to use complex numbers as they allow the phase relationships to be easily handled. To do this use the complex number:

is called the complex conjugate

Alternatively we write as:

is called a unit phasor. For fractional expressions we can rationalize the denominator to separate real & imaginary parts:

Consider the steady-state forced SDOF system:

and we want to imaginary part of the solution

Try , where is complex, therefore:

Note: , is defined as the mechanical impedence.

Rationalizing the denominator gives:

as

Then the imaginary part of the solution is:

We can now re-interpret equation as:

Each of the force terms above can be interpreted in their respective phases.

Many real automotive suspension systems use the so-called Macpherson strut which is a combined spring and damper along with a coil spring as shown in the diagram. The system can be represented by the diagram where the forcing function comes from road surface. (This system is sometimes called a 1 & DOF system).

a) Using the mechanical impedance find that the displacement and .

b) For the model shown, determine the transmissibility of the system.

c) For the frequency ratio , and for . Calculate for the transmissibility and compare the values to the case in which .

a)

Using

(3) is of the form:

Therefore:

If :

, if :

If we set ,

Therefore,

Where

Where

b) The force transmitted is

c) For the case :

For the case :

The added spring reduces the transmissivity in both cases, however it is most effective at higher ratio.

If

## Extra Details

If :

Where , , and . Thus:

Where:

If , :