Investigation of the structural damping of a full-scale airplane wing

Dwight O. Fearnow
Feb 1952

An investigation to determine the structural damping characteristics of a full-scale airplane wing was conducted by the shock-excitation method wherein the wing was loaded to a predetermined deflection and the load suddenly released. The test specimen vibrated at its fundamental bending frequency of 1.69 cycles per second. Only the first 2 or 3 cycles showed any indication of a higher frequency being superimposed upon the fundamental bending frequency. The damping was found to increase from about 0.002 to critical at an amplitude of vibration of plus and minus 0.05 inch to approximately 0.006 of critical at an amplitude of + or - 5 inches.

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