Particle dynamics simulations of a piston-based particle damper

Xian Ming Bai, Binoy Shah, Leon M Keer, Q Jane Wang, Randall Q Snurr*

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A piston-based particle damper geometry is proposed and investigated using experiments and particle dynamics simulations. In particle damping, energy is dissipated through the inelastic collisions and friction between granular particles. Due to their temperature-independent performance, particle dampers are promising alternatives for use in extreme temperature conditions. Using the appropriate inter-particle force models, the simulations agree well with the experimental results. Using simulations, many parameters are investigated in this work for their effects on the damping performance, including material properties, particle size, device geometry, and excitation level. These results provide new understanding of particle damping and may help in the design of next generation particle dampers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-125
Number of pages11
JournalPowder Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 25 2009


  • Granular materials
  • Particle damping
  • Particle dynamics
  • Vibration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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