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Dr. Massimo Ruzzene, University of Colorado at Boulder

Quasi-periodic Structures: Higher Order Symmetries and Vibration Localization
November 8, 2019


Periodic structures have drawn much attention within the engineering and physics communities due to their unique wave properties and their numerous applications in passive vibration and noise control. Some periodic arrangements also feature topological properties that lead to wave modes that are localized at the edges of a domain or at the interface between two distinct domains. From the geometric point of view, periodic systems can be considered as particular types of assemblies that belong to a much broader class that is defined by quasi-periodicity. Quasiperiodic assemblies generally lack translational symmetry but can be generated by the projection in lower dimensions of geometries that are periodic in a higher dimensional space. The resulting arrangements have higher-order rotational symmetries and are characterized by unique dynamic characteristics. In this context, quasiperiodic elastic structures are investigated in order to identify localized vibration modes in one- and two-dimensional components. The presented results show that the quasi-periodicity framework provides a methodology that leads to localized modes at locations that can be consistently predicted and that are not limited to interfaces or edges. The presentation illustrates methodologies to generate quasi-periodic geometries and their implementation as part of elastic beams and plates with a quasi-periodic array of mass and elastic inclusions. The investigation of these structural components illustrates the occurrence of a variety of localized modes in configurations that are suitable for the experimental characterization of the waveguiding behavior of these novel structural components.


Dr. Massimo Ruzzene

Slade Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder. He joined CU in the summer of 2019, after serving as the Pratt and Whitney Professor in the Schools of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Georgia  Institute of Technology. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical engineering from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in 1999. He is the author of 2 books, more than 180 journal papers, and 240 conference papers. Most of his current and past research work has focused on solid mechanics, structural dynamics, and wave propagation with application to structural health monitoring, metamaterials, and vibration and noise control. He is a Fellow of ASME, an Associate Fellow of AIAA, and a member of AHS, and ASA. He served as Program Director for the Dynamics, Control, and System Diagnostics Program of CMMI at the National Science Foundation between 2014 and 2016.