# Homework Help: Need some help with spring-mass-damper problem

1. Jul 24, 2007

### foster182

I know some people might find this a stupid question but

What effect would the addition of

have on vibration absorption properties?

In plain English please, I’m only learning

thanks guys

2. Jul 24, 2007

### Kurdt

Staff Emeritus
Welcome to the forums foster182!

It is the policy of this forum that the poster has shown some attempt at doing the problem themselves. What do you think would happen in both the scenarios described?

3. Jul 24, 2007

### foster182

well with the increase of a damper or additional spring it would absorb more vibration thus coming to a steady state. yes?

how would i derive an equation from that?

4. Jul 24, 2007

### Kurdt

Staff Emeritus
Well the addition of more springs (I assume they will be added in parallel from the diagram) will give the system an effective spring constant which is the sum of the spring constants of all the springs. What effect would that have on the system if the damping was kept the same?

5. Jul 24, 2007

### foster182

sorry i should of made that more clear

and with additional damper and spring

the system will react differantly when i add the damper and spring seperate than together etc, but i don't know how to derive an expression from it.

6. Jul 24, 2007

### Kurdt

Staff Emeritus
Oh so that picture was of the new system. Got it. Well like I said before the spring constant will be the sum of the spring constants of the two springs. What effect will that have of the vibration of this system? Now its also damped, what do you know of damping of oscillations?

Consider a cars suspension and what it has to do to make the ride bearable.

7. Jul 24, 2007

### foster182

o.k. i think i have it now,
so in the case of me adding the damper to the existing spring

net force applied to ( mass m= F - kx - cv )

then to model that ( m d2x/dt2 = F- kx - c dx/dt ) taken v as velocity

something like that?

sorry i dont know much about damping of oscillations? i will read up on it.

8. Jul 24, 2007

### Kurdt

Staff Emeritus
Yeah, you're almost there:

$$m\frac{d^2x}{dt^2}+c\frac{dx}{dt}+kx=0$$

is probably the standard form.

That of course does assume certain things about the damping force that means it can be approximated as linear.

9. Jul 24, 2007

### foster182

yes it would be linear,
and if i was to add another spring

m d2x/dt2 + c dx/dt + kx(2) = F

if the two springs have the same resistance

yes?

if not?

10. Jul 24, 2007

### Kurdt

Staff Emeritus
Like I mentioned before the spring constants add together to give and effective spring constant.

$$m\frac{d^2x}{dt^2}+c\frac{dx}{dt}+(k_1+k_2)x=0$$

11. Jul 24, 2007

### foster182

ah i see thank you!