In this paper, we propose an innovative design of an elastic network, which is capable of channelling the energy supplied by an external source towards any of its endpoints, that can be chosen arbitrarily and in advance. This system, named Mechanical Switching Network (MSN), consists of an interconnected array of branches, each of which is represented by a lattice strip endowed with gyroscopic spinners. The latter make the system non-reciprocal and, hence, are responsible for the preferential directionality exhibited by the network. We formulate and solve the forced problem for the gyro-elastic strip in the analytical form and compare the derived solutions with the results of independent finite element simulations, showing an excellent agreement. Additionally, we carry out a parametric analysis to evaluate the influence of the main parameters of the system on the uni-directional wave propagation of Lamb waves. We envisage that the proposed model can have important implications in many engineering applications, where control and tunability of guided waves play a key role.

Forcing the silence of the Lamb waves: Uni-directional propagation in structured gyro-elastic strips and networks

Carta G.
Primo
;
Nieves M. J.
Secondo
;
Brun M.
Ultimo
2023-01-01

Abstract

In this paper, we propose an innovative design of an elastic network, which is capable of channelling the energy supplied by an external source towards any of its endpoints, that can be chosen arbitrarily and in advance. This system, named Mechanical Switching Network (MSN), consists of an interconnected array of branches, each of which is represented by a lattice strip endowed with gyroscopic spinners. The latter make the system non-reciprocal and, hence, are responsible for the preferential directionality exhibited by the network. We formulate and solve the forced problem for the gyro-elastic strip in the analytical form and compare the derived solutions with the results of independent finite element simulations, showing an excellent agreement. Additionally, we carry out a parametric analysis to evaluate the influence of the main parameters of the system on the uni-directional wave propagation of Lamb waves. We envisage that the proposed model can have important implications in many engineering applications, where control and tunability of guided waves play a key role.
2023
Lamb waves; Mechanical metamaterial; Micro-structured elastic medium; Gyroscopic properties; Non-reciprocity; Energy flux
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