Experimental Modal Analysis of a Linear Reciprocating Tribometer for Maximum Reciprocating Frequency
This work addresses the need of methodology for establishing critical reciprocating frequency of tribometer. This paper elaborates the modal analysis of a fabricated linear reciprocating tribometer. Resonance of subsystems in reciprocating tribometer affects experimental estimate of coefficient of friction (CoF). Subsystems have their own individual modal frequencies. Hence, modal analysis of all subsystems becomes obligatory. Tribometer developed for this study can simulate reciprocating friction and wear for stroke lengths up to 150 mm. Experimental and numerical analysis utilized to identify modal frequency of individual subsystems. Tests identified that transmission subsystem had the lowest modal frequency of 18 Hz. Maximum frequency of reciprocation then fixed at 4Hz. This is 25% of the lowest modal frequency of 18 Hz as delineated in literature. Confirmatory friction tests then conducted on the tribometer. Resolving maximum frictional force along the stroke length was impossible over 4 Hz of reciprocating frequency. This is 25% of the lowest modal frequency of structure and agreed with the reported literature. Authors sincerely hope the methodology used in this paper will guide fellow researchers for modal analysis of reciprocating tribometer.