# Cantilever Beam

## Homework Statement

Hi.

I'm trying to work out the undamped natural frequency of a cantilever beam. The setup of the system is shown in the image below.

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Data:(all lengths measured from the hinge on the left of the beam)
Beam: m=1.946 kg, L=L1=815mm
Spring: m=0.134 kg, at length L3=815mm
Motor block: m=5.250 kg at L4=264mm

4 blocks of 50g mounted on motor at e=32mm from centre of rotation.
k=430 N/m

## The Attempt at a Solution

We began by finding the experimental undamped frequency from our plot from the oscilloscope.

F=1/T this gave a result of 2.74Hz = 0.437 rad/s

I then use the summation of moments about the hinge (say point O) to find an equation for natural frequency:

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My problem comes when calculating moment of inertia, Io:

I have tried using the equation:

Io = (mL^2)/12 + mL^2

However I don't think this is right as I get
omega = 7.0806 which is much much higher than my initial value.

Could someone please indicate where I am going wrong so I can have another attempt at this!

Thanks!

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