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      Generalized Kelvin–Voigt Damping for Geometrically Nonlinear Beams


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          Strain-rate-based damping is investigated in the strong form of the intrinsic equations of three-dimensional geometrically exact beams. Kelvin–Voigt damping, often limited in the literature to linear or two-dimensional beam models, is generalized to the three-dimensional case, including rigid-body motions. The result is an elegant infinite-dimensional description of geometrically exact beams that facilitates theoretical analysis and sets the baseline for any chosen numerical implementation. In particular, the dissipation rates and equilibrium points of the system are derived for the most general case and for one in which a first-order approximation of the resulting damping terms is taken. Finally, numerical examples are given that validate the resulting model against a nonlinear damped Euler–Bernoulli beam (where detail is given on how an equivalent description using our intrinsic formulation is obtained) and support the analytical results of energy decay rates and equilibrium solutions caused by damping. Throughout the paper, the relevance of damping higher-order terms, arising from the geometrically exact description, to the accurate prediction of its effect on the dynamics of highly flexible structures is highlighted.

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                AIAA Journal
                AIAA Journal
                American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
                30 October 2020
                January 2021
                : 59
                : 1
                : 356-365
                Imperial College London , London, England SW7 2AZ, United Kingdom
                Author notes

                Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Aeronautics, Room CAGB 308, South Kensington Campus; marc.artola16@ 123456imperial.ac.uk . Student Member AIAA.


                Senior Lecturer, Department of Aeronautics, Room CAGB 340, South Kensington Campus; a.wynn@ 123456imperial.ac.uk .


                Professor in Computational Aeroelasticity, Department of Aeronautics, Room CAGB 338, South Kensington Campus; r.palacios@ 123456imperial.ac.uk . Associate Fellow AIAA.

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                : 06 May 2020
                : 23 July 2020
                : 20 August 2020
                Page count
                Figures: 7, Tables: 2
                Funded by: H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actionshttp://dx.doi.org/10.13039/100010665
                Award ID: 765579
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