A non-linear model of rubber shear springs validated by experiments

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Vibrating flip-flow screens provide an effective solution for screening highly viscous or fine materials. However, yet, only linear theory has been applied to their design. Yet, to understand deficiencies and to improve performance an accurate model especially of the rubber shear springs equipped in screen frames is critical for its dynamics to predict e.g. frequency- and amplitude-dependent behaviour. In this paper, the amplitude dependency of the rubber shear spring is represented by employing a friction model in which parameters are fitted to an affine function rather constant values used for the classic Berg’s model; the fractional derivative model is used to describe its frequency dependency and compared to conventional dashpot and Maxwell models with its elasticity being represented by a nonlinear spring. The experimentally validated results indicate that the proposed model with a nonlinear spring, friction and fractional derivative model is able to more accurately describe the dynamic characteristics of a rubber shear spring compared with other models.
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