Main Question or Discussion Point
I'm working on a problem that has forced vibration. The force, every time it is applied, is less than the previous impact. For clarity, the problem is dealing with a mining skip that is emptying. The inside of the skip is separated in sections using ribs but the top blocks still exert a force on the lower blocks. The impact of the material hitting the bottom of the skip (a 50 degree angle) is causing the skip to vibrate. This impact happens at distinct intervals with the time between impacts remaining roughly constant. The impact force is decreasing due to the decreasing total mass of the material inside the skip. I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction. Most of the problems i have dealt with deal specifically with a periodic force that is constant each time it is applied. I thought about adding a dampening force to diminish the force each time it is applied but wouldn't that just act to dampen the free vibration component? For background i am an engineering student who is working on a project with an external company.