Comparison of actuator designs for active vibration control of a gear pair system

Yuanhong Guan, Mingfeng Li, Tiek C. Lim, W. Steve Shepard

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Four actuation concepts for the active suppression of gearbox housing mesh frequency vibrations caused by transmission error excitation from the gear pair system are modeled and compared by computing the required actuation force and amplifier power spectra. The proposed designs studied consist of (i) active inertial actuators positioned tangentially on the gear body to produce a pair of reactive force and moment, (ii) semi-active gear-shaft torsional coupling to provide tuned vibration isolation and suppression, (iii) active bearing vibration control to reduce vibration transmissibility, and (iv) active shaft transverse vibration control to suppress/tune gearbox casing or shaft response. Numerical simulations that incorporate a transmission error term as the primary excitation are performed using a finite element model of the geared rotor system (dynamic plant) constructed from beam and lumped mass/stiffness elements. Several key comparison criteria, including the required actuation effort, control robustness and implementation cost, are examined, and the advantages and disadvantages of each concept are discussed. Based on the simulated data, the active shaft transverse vibration scheme is identified as the most suitable approach for this application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-383
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Active vibration control
  • Actuator design
  • Gear dynamics


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