Extreme damping in composite materials with a negative stiffness phase.

Abstract

Composites with negative stiffness inclusions in a viscoelastic matrix are shown to have higher stiffness and mechanical damping tandelta than that of either constituent and exceeding conventional bounds. The causal mechanism is a greater deformation in and near the inclusions than the composite as a whole. Though a block of negative stiffness is unstable, negative stiffness inclusions in a composite can be stabilized by the surrounding matrix. Such inclusions may be made from single domains of ferroelastic material below its phase transition temperature or from prebuckled lumped elements.

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@article{Lakes2001ExtremeDI, title={Extreme damping in composite materials with a negative stiffness phase.}, author={R. S. Lakes}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2001}, volume={86 13}, pages={2897-900} }