Experimental Measurement of Material Damping for Space Structures,
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
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An experimental procedure for the measurement of material damping is described. In this procedure, the free decay of free-free beams, when lofted into free fall in a vacuum, is recorded and analyzed. Tests were performed on aluminum, graphiteepoxy, and graphitemagnesium metal matrix materials.