Development of the Aerospace Structures Technology Damping Design Guide,
LOCKHEED-CALIFORNIA CO BURBANK
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Aerospace structures and equipment mounted in these structures are required to operate under a wide range of dynamic loads. When structural resonances are excited, the dynamic loads can produce excessive vibration levels in the structures and equipment. These vibration levels can be significantly reduced by increasing the damping in the dominant modes through the application of viscoelastic damping technology. To fully capitalize on this viscoelastic damping technology, it is first necessary to bring all of the pertinent information together in a damping design guide. For a wide appeal, the design guide must be suitable for use by designers. This paper provides a brief outline of such a program.