Influence of frequency resolution in case of frequency response function measurement in structural dynamics
Keywords:transfer function, frequency resolution, dynamic analysis, engineering acoustics
Frequency resolution is an essential parameter in acoustical testing, even if we are using numerical or experimental method, for example when determining frequency response function (FRF) of a dynamic mechanical system, or executing modal analysis based on the FRFs. Finer resolution leads to more accurate results, at the expense of longer calculation/measurement process and larger data size. This parameter is generally set based on rules of thumb, prior practice or with big margin for safety. This results in waste time and data storage if the required frequency resolution is overestimated, or even significant errors in the results, if it is underestimated. Present paper offers a direct, method for the conscious determination of optimal frequency resolution. It is based fully on theoretical considerations, and investigates amplitude and phase distortion at resonances as target parameters. Beside defining the steps of the process, it is tested on a real structure, and the results are presented as well, proving the applicability and the appropriateness of the method. With this method, development engineers get a practical tool for adjusting the parameters of dynamic measurements and simulations.
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