An experimental approach for the determination of the mechanical properties of base-excited polymeric specimens at higher frequency modes

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Structures made of the thermoplastic polymer polyether ether ketone (PEEK) are widely used in dynamically-loaded applications due to their high-temperature resistance and high mechanical properties. To design these dynamic applications, in addition to the well-known stiffness and strength properties the vibration-damping properties at the given frequencies are required. Depending on the application, frequencies from a few hertz to the ultrasonic range are of interest here. To characterize the frequency-dependent behavior, an experimental approach was chosen and applied to a sample polymer PEEK. The test setup consists of a piezoelectrically driven base excitation of the polymeric specimen and the non-contact measurement of the velocity as well as the surface temperature. The beam’s bending vibrations were analyzed by means of the Timoshenko theory to determine the polymer’s storage modulus. The mechanical loss factor was calculated using the half-power bandwidth method. For PEEK and a considered frequency range of 1 kHz to 16 kHz, a storage modulus between 3.9 GPa and 4.2 GPa and a loss factor between 9 × 10−3 and 17 × 10−3 were determined. For the used experimental parameters, the resulting mechanical properties were not essentially influenced by the amplitude of excitation, the duration of excitation, or thermal degrad.ation due to self-heating, but rather slightly by the clamping force within the fixation area.


Seiten (von - bis)429-441
Frühes Online-Datum16 Juli 2022
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Sept. 2022

Externe IDs

Mendeley 2fa39394-26c3-3e3a-b16b-7003e5dc664c
ORCID /0000-0003-2834-8933/work/142238428



  • dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), Euler–Bernoulli theory, high frequency modal testing, laser scanning vibrometry, mechanical loss factor, piezoelectric actors, polyether ether ketone (PEEK), self-heating, thermoplastic polymers, Timoshenko theory