This chapter focuses on the dynamic characterization of adhesive materials for vibration control proposes. First, the experimental characterization and modelization of the relaxation and complex moduli of the flexible adhesive ISR 70-03 by means of a dynamic mechanical thermal analysis technique (DMTA) are presented. Then, the interconversion path between the relaxation modulus E ( t ) and the corresponding complex modulus E * ( ω ) for linear viscoelastic solid materials is explored. In contrast to other approximate methods, in this work the fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm is directly applied on relaxation functions. Finally, an experimental study for the structural noise and vibration reduction in a cabin elevator by means of adhesive-bonded joints of panels is presented.
- elastomers and rubber
- nondestructive testing
- relaxation modulus
- complex modulus
- material functions interconversion
- noise and vibration reduction
- adhesive-bonded joints
Regarding damping, joint procedures by means of screws, rivets, or by joining do not introduce relevant damping outside of some specific frequency ranges [1–5]. Therefore, they are not relevant for vibration control porpoises. However, adhesive joint can be designed for structural noise control because they are able tointroduce effective modal damping below 1 kHz .
In particular, viscoelastic adhesives are widely employed in engineering applications and also found their widespread application in many sectors such as the automotive industry, aerospace, wind power, and human transportation. The mechanical properties of general viscoelastic materials depend on temperature, frequency and amplitude, prestress, dynamic load level, relative humidity, and among others. Service temperature, frequency, and amplitude of deformation are the most relevant ones. Thus, suitable mechanical characterization is essential in order to obtain reliable predictions.
2. Experimental characterization of a flexible adhesive
The experimental characterization by means of adynamic mechanical thermal analysis technique (DMTA) and the modelization of the relaxation and complex moduli of the flexible adhesive ISR 70-03  are presented. The manufacturing procedure of the test experiments is detailed. Then, the influence of the strain level and specimen thickness into material behavior is studied. Next, using a procedure based on the time-temperature superposition principle, relaxation and dynamic master curves under tension strain are obtained. Finally, a generalized Maxwell model and a fractional derivative model of these master curves are implemented. As a conclusion, models capable of describing together the influence of time, temperature, and strain level are proposed.
Flexible adhesive shows viscoelastic behavior [8, 9]. In these viscoelastic materials (VEMs), the energy dissipation is a consequence of the phase difference between the stress and the strain . In frequency domain, this behavior is represented by the complex modulus approximation, which can be obtained from the relationship between the harmonic stress
and the stationary harmonic strain given by
is the stress amplitude, is the strain amplitude, is the excitation frequency, and is the phase delay. Therefore, the frequency domain stress-strain relationship results in
where the complex modulus can be written as
is the storage modulus, is the loss modulus, and is the loss factor calculated as
The complex modulus behavior is influenced by multiple factors (excitation conditions, amplitude, frequency, temperature, prestress, relative humidity, and among others) where temperature, frequency, and amplitude are the most relevant ones . Involving the frequency influence, the ASTM E 756–04 “standard test method for measuring vibration-damping properties of materials”  details the methodology needed to characterize the mechanical behavior of nonself-supporting viscoelastic materials in the frequency range of 50–5 kHz, implying the use of multimaterial Oberst beam specimens. Nevertheless, the main inconvenience of ASTM E 756–04 standard consists in introducing additional damping or mass through the excitation or through the measurement devices. Many authors investigated these inconveniences , which lead to generate alternative methods with improved accuracy [12–20]. Others techniques based on forced vibrations as the Weissenberg rheogoniometer , the dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) technique , and the dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA) technique have also been implemented .
In particular, DMTA technique considers together time and temperature by applying the superposition (TTS) principle . The superposition principle relates the material response at a given time and at a given temperature under different conditions assuming a relation
where and represent the reference temperature and the reference time, respectively, and is the shift factor relating to . Accordingly, this principle can also be applied to frequency domain by means of
where and represent the frequency to be shifted and the reference one, respectively, whereas the shift factor relates to in the frequency domain. Arrhenius and William-Landel-Ferry (WLF)  are the commonly applied models, where the former model is given by
where is a constant, the William-Landel-Ferry model can be expressed by
where and are constants and .
Hence, if the objective is to describe the material behavior in frequency or temperature ranges outside of the tested ones , the TTS principle can be used to derive the master curves (MC).
It should be noted that to apply DMTA techniques for characterizing viscoelastic materials, defect free adhesive specimens are required. The required quality of the specimens can be obtained by applying nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques (such as ultrasonic, acoustic emission, radiography, thermography, shearography, holography, and vibration analysis , the neutron radiography and the ultrasonic scan [27, 28]). Through these NDE techniques allow the detection of voids such as cracks or other regions of uncured adhesive [29–33]. Most of the research studies [31–33] are focused on the NDE of adhesive joints, but pay attention to adhesion failures.
As a resume, the experimental characterization of the material response to both time and frequency domain is described and also focusedon the specimen preparation and validation. Therefore, the objective of this research is to characterize, under tension strain, the relaxation and the dynamic behavior of the flexible adhesive ISR 70-03:
The materials and the experimental techniques employed are presented.
The influence of the strain level and test specimen thickness into specimen behavior is analyzed.
Relaxation and dynamic master curves are developed using the time-temperature superposition principle. Related shift factors are fitted to the Arrhenius model (Eq. (8)).
The constructed master curves are fitted to a generalized Maxwell and to a fractional derivative model.
Hence, the proposed models are capable of describing the influence of time, temperature, and strain level over the mechanical properties of the flexible adhesive ISR 70-03.
The mechanical behavior of the analyzed material was characterized by means of relaxation and dynamic tests at different temperatures. A DMTA equipment (RSA3 of TA Instruments) equipped with climate chamber, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Oviedo, was employed.
2.1.1. Materials and experiments
The studied flexible adhesive is modified silane, commercially named ISR 70-03 produced by Bostik. Regarding the test specimens that were obtained from plates of the cured adhesive produced using casts of , where is the nominal thickness. Three casts with different thickness of , and were manufactured. They were manufactured using Teflon to guarantee that a plate of solid material can be demoldedwithout degradation after the curing. The cure time was for all plates; at room temperature no specific equipment was employed . Consequently, the proposed procedure can be outlines as follows:
First, the nozzle is drawn along the length of the cast in a zig-zag motion without removing the tip. It should be empathized that the nozzle does not touch with the cast surface in order to ensure an adequate lower surface finish for the adhesive plate.
Second, when enough amount of adhesive is spread, it is forced to fill the cast, in a single uniform motion by means of a spatula made of Teflon. The spatula has round corners in order to obtain a uniform upper surface finish.
No chemical products are used to prepare the specimens. From the uniform obtained plates, rectangular specimens were cut and measured using an optical microscope. The obtained width and thickness values of each sample are presented in Table 1 .
|Identification sample||Width (mm)||Thickness (mm)|
To ensure the quality of the produced specimens, tomography techniques by means of neutron radiographies were used. Two defects were found: internal voids and superficial flaws. Accordingly, defect-free samples were identified and selected for testing and denoted as P1, P3, P6, and P10. Figure 1 shows some of the manufactured samples with defects (P2 and P9) and without (P6 and P10), respectively.
Finally, a DSC test (see Ref.  for details) was carried out to determine the glass transition temperature, .
2.1.2. DMTA test
The specimens were studied using a tensile fitting tool shown in Figure 2 . For the relaxation and dynamic tests, the specimens were prestressed to avoid the buckling effect of tightening the tool screws. Hence, it was verified that the measured force was higher than the prestress at any time all over the experiments. Under these conditions, two different tests were performed in the RSA3 DMTA. First, linearity was studied and second the experiments to obtain the material master curve (MC) were performed. In the latter group, the equipment climate chamber was used and the stabilization time at each temperature was about 10–15 min. These master curves represent the relation between the stress and the strain. Therefore, the relaxation master curve represents the relaxation modulus while the dynamic one represents the complex modulus .
Concerning the linearity, the tests were performed at a reference temperature of . Both specimen thickness and the strain level parameters were analyzed:
First, relaxation tests were performed using three samples (P3, P6, and P10) with dimensions shown in Table 1 . Two test series differing in the induced strain level were completed. Strain levels of and were, respectively, applied in a time range of .
Following, seven relaxation tests were carried out using only the specimen P1 (see Table 1 ). In these tests, the analyzed time range was for induced strain levels of , , , , , , and .
For the MC, relaxation and dynamic tests were conducted over sample P3. In both cases, the strain level induced was . For the relaxation MC, the analyzed temperature range was to , where 10 different relaxation tests were carried out. For the dynamic MC, the temperature range was to and four tests were deformed.
2.2. Results and discussion
2.2.1. Linearity analysis of the adhesive behavior
Next, the linearity regarding the material behavior is analyzed involving two test conditions, sample thickness and strain level influence, both by means of relaxation tests.
From Figures 3 and 4 , it should be remarked that the relaxation modulus for the thickness is slightly higher than the others, anyway less than in both cases. Considering that the results were derived from different specimens, certain dispersion between the obtained relaxation modulus can be expected. Therefore, it can be concluded that the specimen thickness has a negligible influence on these test results.
Next, the strain influence on the range of over the relaxation modulus is analyzed through seven tests. The results are illustrated in Figure 5 .
From Figure 5 , it can be noted that the and curves show slight fluctuations that are not visible for the other curves. These inaccuracies can be expected with the strain decrement, because the force may be lesser than the machine resolution. Consequently, as the strain increases, this effect is less significant. Hence, only the curve could be rejected due to the fluctuations.
Figure 5 shows that the adhesive material behavior depends on the imposed strain level where the higher the strain, the lower the experimental relaxation modulus . This implies that the material softens when the strain level grows up. With the aim of comparing the relaxation moduli obtained for the different strain levels, Figure 6 shows the corresponding ratios taking as a reference.
Assuming inherent scatter (see Figure 6 ), a nearly constant ratio can be verified for the range of strains analyzed, even for . Consequently, the strain influence on the relaxation modulus can be modeled using Eq. (10)
where is the ratio between the relaxation modulus for the strain and that taken as a reference . In this context, Figure 7 shows the evolution of the mean value of the ratio of different strains as a function of the strain ratio, taking as a reference.
The decay of the mean value of these ratios with the strain presented in Figure 7 can be fitted by an experimental function according to
where the parameters , , and were estimated by least squares, as , , and , and where represents the reference strain level, being for the present cases. The function of Eq. (11) is represented in Figure 7 by the discontinuous trace.
In order to verify the proposed model, the results provided by Eqs. (10) and (11) are compared with the experimental data obtained for the strain , and as Figure 8 illustrates, Eqs. (10) and (11) provide an accurate prediction of the material relaxation in the range of time.
Based on the results, it can be observed that mechanical properties of the flexible adhesive ISR 70-03 do not depend on sample thickness. In contrast, they do depend on the strain level. Thus, the lower the strain, the higher the relaxation modulus, leading to the conclusion that the material softens as the strain level grows up. Consequently, the exponential model given by Eq. (11) represents the influence of the strain level and Eq. (10) allows computing the relaxation modulus function for any strain level, once the relaxation modulus for a reference strain level is obtained.
This increase in the relaxation modulus as a consequence of the decrease in the strain level is in accordance to the observed behavior in other viscoelastic materials  so as other rubber like compounds  used for vibration control.
2.2.2. Relaxation master curve
Following, the time domain master curve (MC) is obtained applying the time-temperature superposition (TTS) principle . The MC is built-up from 10 relaxation curves, obtained for 10 different temperatures ranging from –all of them in the range, as shown in Figure 9 .
From Figure 9 , it should be remarked that the higher the temperature, the lower the relaxation modulus. It should be noted also that the test carried out at intersects the one at due to an error during the test. Analogous situation can be verified for the curvesand . Reasons for removing these curves from the analysis will be discussedlater.
Based on the industrial application, the temperature is chosen as a reference to derive the MC. First, all the possible shift factors between the reference curve and that for are computed. Thereafter, the times and are determined for which the relaxation modulus curves coincide, . Accordingly, the shift factor at any time is computed as
Based on the TTS principle, singe shift factor should exist for each temperature. Therefore, the optimum shift factor is computed from all the possible factors. This is done by minimizing the error function defined as the difference between the original and the shifted curves. Then, a preliminary MC is reached, for which the procedure is repeated for any curve represented in Figure 9 .
From Figures 10 and 11 , significant conclusions can be obtained. Involving the curves for temperatures nearly constant factors are computed in accordance to the TTS principle. Hence, a reasonable optimum value can be determined at each temperature. On the contrary, the curve for exhibits high scatter and should, therefore, be disregarded from the analysis.
It should be mentioned that the position for the curves resulting for is shifted and, therefore, at least one of them must be removed from the analysis. Decision is taken based on the optimum shift factors represented as a function of temperature in Figure 12 .
It follows from Figure 12 that, in order to obtain a monotonically decreasing curve without irregularities, it is convenient to discard the information provided for . The observed behavior can be modelized using the Arrhenius model (Eq. (8)), the results of which is represented in Figure 12 by the discontinuous trace. The parameter was estimated by linear regression, giving , corresponding to a regression coefficient .
Therefore, applying the presented procedure and computing the optimums values shown in Figure 12 , each single curve has been shifted to built-up the desired relaxation master curve, as shown in Figure 11 . The constructed MC decays from down to in the covered range .
Based on the results, it can be said that the studied material can be used for vibration control proposes. It should be remarked also that based on the mechanical strength, the ISR 70-03 can be employed not only for non-structural applications but also more demanding structural designs that can be proposed [38, 39].
2.2.3. Dynamic master curve
The dynamic MC can be constructed using an analogous procedure to that followed in the derivation of the master curve for the relaxation modulus. Hence, Figure 12 represents four curves of the storage modulus and loss factor , respectively, in the frequency range, for four different temperatures, . In this case, taking as well into account the industrial application, the same reference temperature has been adopted.
Figure 13 shows that the higher the temperature, the lower both the storage modulus and the loss factor . Obviously, this in accordance with the results obtained in the time-domain case.
Therefore, all the possible shift factors between the preliminary master curve and the one to be shifted are computed using the storage modulus , and the shift factors . Thus, the shift factor represented in Figure 14 satisfying
Taking into account the moderate scatter in the results assignable to the experimental nature of the data, the values of the three curves shown in Figure 15 may be taken as a constant. To compute a single value for each temperature, an analogous minimization procedure to that followed in the relaxation case was applied to the complex modulus . The resulting optimums shift factors are computed and represented in Figure 16 .
It can be seen from Figure 16 that the determinedvalues decay with the temperature. Similarly as in the time-domain case, it follows that the Arrhenius model (Eq. (8)), which is represented in Figure 13 by the discontinuous trace, is a good candidate for describing the dynamic behaviorobserved in the material. The parameter became for a regression coefficient . Consequently, the corresponding MC is constructed as shown in Figure 17 .
In Figure 17 the MCs for the storage modulus and loss factor in the range are illustrated where the rubbery behavior and the beginning of the transition zone are present. As it was concluded in the time-domain analysis, the ISR 70-03 is applicable for vibroacoustic control of structures even for low frequency applications .
Next, a relaxation modulus model capable of taking into account together the influence of strain, time and temperature as
is proposed. Concretely, a generalized Maxwell model (also known as the Prony series model)  and a fractional model  are fitted to the previously obtained master curve , in the time range of . Also, a complex modulus model is suggested to modelize the dynamic master curve in the frequency range of .
2.3.1. Relaxation models
Next, two relaxation models are presented. Concerning the generalized Maxwell (or Prony series) model, yields
where is the relaxed modulus, represents stiffness parameter and denotes relaxation time. is the number of terms chosen for the generalized Maxwell model to accurately represent the experimental results. The fitting has been carried out by least squares, corresponding to a regression coefficient of . The obtained values for , and are presented in Table 2 .
|Stiffness parameters (MPa)||Relaxation time (s)|
Concerning the fractional derivative model, the four-parameter derivative model 
is employed, where denotes the stress, and are relaxed and unrelaxed modulus, is the relaxation time, and is the order fractional derivative operator. The G1 numerical approximation  of the fractional derivative of a generic function at the instant is used, given by
where with , and is the time step. Thus, applying a strain step as where is the Heaviside function, the relaxation modulus where can be calculated as
An error minimization procedure has been applied for the curve fitting, and , , and have been determined.
In Figure 18 , both models are compared with the experimental data.
From Figure 18 , it should be noted that the fractional model has been fitted using a time step of . It should be pointed out that both models are able to reproduce the experimental relaxation master curve. Nevertheless, the curve provided by the fractional model is smoother. Besides, it should be pointed out that the fractional derivative model needs only four parameters whereas the generalized Maxwell model needs 19 parameters. On the contrary, the computation of Eq. (18) is much larger than that of Eq. (15). As a conclusion, it should be verified that relaxed and unrelaxed moduli provided by both models are coherent. Hence, it should be highlighted that involving the generalized Maxwell model, the unrelaxed modulus can be calculated as
Hence, the obtained unrelaxed modulus for the generalized Maxwell model is while that for the fractional model is .
2.3.2. Dynamic models
Following, the complex modulus for the generalized Maxwell and fractional derivative models is derived from the Fourier transform of Eqs. (15) and (16), respectively. The one for the generalized Maxwell model yields
where , is the excitation frequency. The curve fitting is carried out by least squares with . The obtained numerical values are presented in Table 3 .
|Stiffness parameters (MPa)||Relaxation time (s)|
Concerning the one based on fractional derivatives, the corresponding complex modulusresults in
Accordingly, fitting by least squares, , , and have been found, the regression coefficient satisfying .
Both models, Eqs. (20) and (21), are contrasted to the experimental dynamic master curve shown in Figure 19 .
From Figure 19 , it should be highlighted that the generalized Maxwell model fits the experimental storage modulus . However, the fractional derivative model reproduces better the experimental loss factor . It should be remarked also that the fractional derivative model needs only four parameters. Besides, the fractional model parameters extraction Eq. (21) is faster than that of Eq. (20).
Involving the curve fitting, it should be noted that for time domain the difference between the unrelaxed modulus provided by both models is 1.71%. Regarding frequency domain, the difference is 7.39%. However, for the relaxed modulus, the differences between the generalized and the fractional models for time and frequency domains are 20.24 and 12.47%, respectively. Consequently, the results provided by these models differs for and for .
The experimental characterization and modelization of the relaxation and complex moduli of the flexible adhesive ISR 70-03 havebeen performed using dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA).
To conduct the experiments, defect-free samples have been manufactured using Teflon™ casts. Regarding validation, it can be concluded that tomography techniques by means of neutron radiography are able to identify internal and external defects in cured adhesives.
Regarding the linearity, it can be stated that the relaxation test results are not influenced by sample thickness. On the contrary, the strain influence has been verified. Consequently, it has been modeled using an exponential model. Therefore, it can be noted that the material stiffens when the strain level decreases.
Involving the master curves, the relaxation modulus and the complex modulus have been derived by means of a procedure based on the TTS principle. Besides, the temperature dependence has been modelized by the Arrhenius model.
Finally, the generalized Maxwell model and fractional derivative models have been fitted to the time and frequency domains master curves. The generalized Maxwell one has been fitted using 19 parameters whereas the fractional derivative model has four parameters. Involving time domain, the fitting is accurate enough for both models. Regarding frequency domain, the storage modulus and loss factor may be represented also by the generalized Maxwell and fractional derivative models. However, the fractional model fits the experimental response in a wide time or frequency ranges with a lower number of parameters. Hence, the fractional derivative model should be used for both time and frequency domains [44–47].
As a conclusion, a model capable of representing the influence of time, temperature and strain level over the mechanical properties of the flexible adhesive ISR 70-03 has been presented.
3. Relaxation modulus: complex modulus interconversion for linear viscoelastic adhesives
The interconversion path between the relaxation modulus and the corresponding complex modulus for linear viscoelastic solid materials is explored. The key difference with other approximate methods relies on the fact that in the presented procedure, the fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm is directly applied on the time-dependent part of the viscoelastic response . First, method foundations are outlined. Next, a theoretical example is developed using the generalized Maxwell model. Using this example, influence of sampling conditions and experimental error and data dispersion is studied. Finally, the accuracy of the method is proved by an application example using experimental data. As a conclusion, the proposed procedure is able to compute the complex modulus by means of relaxation tests and vice versa.
Concerning VEM behavior modeling, the memory of viscoelastic materials such as viscoelastic adhesives can be properly represented using the Boltzmann superposition principle . Therefore, time evolution of stress can be evaluated using relaxation functions through convolution integrals given by
where is the strain, represents the viscoelastic constant, denotes the integration variable and represents the time derivative. In frequency domain, viscoelastic behavior can be represented by the complex modulus approximation , as shown in Eq. (4).
Concerning experimental characterization of viscoelastic adhesives, ASTM E 756-04  details the methodology to characterize the mechanical behavior of non-self-supporting viscoelastic materials, implying the use of multimaterial Oberst beam specimens.
In this context, the DMTA technique allows to take into account together temperature and time (or temperature and frequency) by means of the time-temperature superposition (TTS) principle [24, 50] introducing no extra mass or damping.
Thus, frequency-time interconversion methods are valuable and useful tools [51–53] due to the fact that they can also be applied to overcome the inherent difficulties of relaxation or dynamic characterization [54–57], depending on the tested material. The most widely applied methods  for material functions conversion from time to frequency domains are those based on the Prony series model , and the opposed conversion can be achieved through the algorithms proposed by Ninomiya and Ferry . The former can be obtained by fitting the experimental data by means of the generalized Maxwell model , whereas the latter is based on experimental data fitting.
As summary, the objective of this section is to propose an interconversion method between time and frequency domains capable of obtaining the complex modulus by means of relaxation tests, and vice versa. The main advantage of this procedure is the direct application of the fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm on experimental data. On the contrary, other existing methods [55–65] are based on fitting models or theoretical functions. In particular, the proposed method is relevant when a Prony series cannot be accurately fitted to the experimental data in time or frequency domains. This section is structured as follows:
Method foundations are outlined.
A theoretical example is developed using a generalized Maxwell model. Using this example, influence of sampling conditions and experimental error and data dispersion are studied.
The accuracy of the method is proved by an application example using experimental data.
3.1. Method foundation
An experimental relaxation test consists on applying a strain step as , where represents the magnitude of the strain and is the Heaviside function. Consequently, applying a strain step and substituting its time derivative into Eq. (22), it yields
where is the Dirac function. Then, the relaxation modulus can be deduced as
where the long-term part of the relaxation modulus is represented by the viscoelastic constant and where the time-dependent component is represented by .
Then, applying the Fourier transform, the complex modulus is derived. On the one hand, applying the Fourier transform over Eq. (24), it results in
where represents the Fourier transform. On the other hand, applying the Fourier transform over Eq. (1) it yields
where from the complex modulus can be derived, yielding
Therefore, by substituting the Fourier transform of the time-dependent part of the viscoelastic response into Eq. (25), a relationship between complex modulus and the Fourier transform of the relaxation modulus is obtained,
As a result, the complex modulus of a linear viscoelastic material can be obtained from the Fourier transform of its relaxation modulus . Nevertheless, applying the fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm, the resulting complex modulus will suffer from leakage because is not periodic [66, 67] and . Therefore, to avoid leakage, it should be remarked that the time-dependent part of the viscoelastic response representing viscoelastic component disappears with time, . Hence, FFT algorithm does not produce leakage on complex modulus approximation if Eq. (27) is used instead of Eq. (28). The drawback of the procedure is that the viscoelastic constant must be extracted from the experimental data.
3.2. Theoretical example
Next, the influence of sampling conditions and experimental error and data dispersion is studied using an exponential material model. The study analyses some aspects related to the FFT algorithm, which are: leakage, signal discretization and the analyzed ranges. In this analysis, the FFT algorithm proposed by Cooley and Tukey  to compute the discrete Fourier transform is employed  despite the documented drawbacks . There are other methods, as those presented by Dutt and Rokhlin  that have been used in several of applications [67–70]. However, as stated, the algorithm proposed by Cooley and Tukey  will be used.
An exponential damping model is widely used in the literature [71, 72], because it is capable of modeling damping mechanisms arising from viscoelastic nature of materials. Its time-dependent part of the viscoelastic response is given by
resulting in a relaxation modulus as
where represents the material relaxation parameter, is the relaxation time, and and are the stiffness and damping coefficients, respectively. The Fourier transform of the time-dependent part of the viscoelastic response is given by
Accordingly, the complex modulus yields
wherefrom storage modulus and loss factor can be directly obtained as
respectively. For the numerical application, it is considered that , and .
Now, the leakage influence is studied. The conversion from time to frequency is achieved using the procedures described in Section 2 where the validation is done correlating the exact complex modulus (Eq. (32)) with that provided by Eqs. (28) and (27). All these complex modulus are represented in Figure 20 as storage modulusand loss factor .
From Figure 20 , it should be remarked that the direct use of Eq. (28) derives in erroneous results due to leakage, while through Eq. (27), the complex modulus can be precisely computed from the relaxation modulus.
For the transformation from frequency to time domain, the exact relaxation modulus given by Eq. (30) is compared with those computed by the inverse FFT applied on Eqs. (28) and (27). Unfortunately, the leakage resulting from Eq. (28) provides a numerical instability, the relaxation modulus being infinity for every time. Thus, Figure 21 illustrates only two curves instead of three: the analytic response given by Eq. (30) and the estimation for by means of Eq. (27).
From Figure 21 , it should be pointed out that the proposed procedure is capable ofaccuratelycomputing the relaxation modulus from the corresponding complex modulus .
3.2.2. Influence of time and frequency sampling
In this section, the influence of the time and frequency sampling is analyzed. It should be remarked that involving the conversion from time to frequency of a function defined up to a maximum time , the discretization time determines the Nyquist frequency , according to
the resulting discretized frequency being
For the conversion from frequency to time, these three equations can be inversely taken into account.
For the present analysis, is chosen, and five different discretization cases are analyzed: , , , and . Thus, Figure 22 shows six curves; the five analyzed cases plus the analytic response given by Eq. (30).
From Figure 22 , it should be pointed out that the higher the , the lower the and better the accuracy. Thus, is only able to represent the low-frequency range, representing the rubbery and the beginning of the transition zones of the viscoelastic material . On the contrary, is enough to accurately represent the complex modulus in the whole frequency range, including the vitreous one .
For frequency to time domain transformation, a maximum frequency is considered, and four discretization cases are studied: , , and . Hence, Figure 4 shows five curves; the four analyzed cases and the analytic response given by Eq. (30).
From Figure 23 , it should be noted that in two of the considered cases, and , the relaxation is not properly represented. Thus, differences are verified for . Consequently, they are not useful to compute the relaxation modulus . Considering the cases and , the relaxation is reached, providing analogous accuracy. Hence, for the present case, a is small enough to accurately compute the relaxation modulus .
3.2.3. Influence of the maximum time and frequency
Next, the influence of and is analyzed. First, the conversion from time to frequency is analyzed. The previously defined function discretization parameter is employed. Five truncated signals are considered, as , , , and . On the one hand, Figure 24 presents the exact given by Eq. (30), in which each employed truncation is represented. On the other hand, Figure 25 shows six curves corresponding to the five analyzed cases plus the analytic response given by Eq. (32).
From Figure 24 , it should be remarked that in two of the considered cases, and , the relaxation has not been reached, implying that only the vitreous zone can be represented, as Figure 25 shows. Even if for and the relaxation has been reached, only the transition zone can be represented. In fact, to include the rubbery zone, a maximum spam has to be taken into account.
Next, for the conversion from the complex modulus to the relaxation modulus, a previously defined discretization frequency is chosen. Three cases of maximum frequency are analyzed: , and . These frequency ranges are supposed to cover the rubbery, transition and vitreous zones, respectively, as shown in Figure 26 . Therefore, Figure 27 shows four curves matching to the three studied cases plus the analytic response given by Eq. (30).
From Figure 27 , it should be noted that the lower the , the worse the accuracy. Consequently, the is not able to represent the relaxation modulus . Regarding , differences are encountered during the relaxation until the viscoelastic constant is reached. On the contrary, is enough to accurately represent in the whole time range.
3.2.4. Influence of experimental error and data dispersion
Next, the precision of the interconversion is studied considering eventual data dispersion. Under this condition, some pseudo-experimental data for relaxation modulusand complex modulus have been generated evaluating Eqs. (30) and (32), respectively, in some unevenly spaced data points, in which random eventual error and have been introduced, as
Then, these generated data have been resampled in order to obtain evenly spaced data and . For the present case, linear interpolation has been applied.
For the present numerical application, and are used. Figures 28 and 29 show the conversion from relaxation modulus to complex modulus . The former illustrates Eq. (30) together with the pseudo-experimental data and the latter illustrates the converted modulus with the analytic solution for given by Eq. (32).
From Figure 29 , it should be pointed out that the low-frequency range is properly reproduced while the estimation of for the higher frequencies differs from the analytic one (Eq. (32)). The reason is that not enough points were taken in during the relaxation, and therefore, a linear interpolation technique is not enough to represent the employed model. Therefore, a higher number of data points are needed, especially during the relaxation. Besides, a higher order interpolation technique will provide better accuracy.
Regarding the inverse conversion, and are chosen to guarantee a wider time range. Figures 30 and 31 show the conversion from complex modulus to relaxation modulus. Figure 30 illustrates Eq. (32) with the pseudo-experimental data , and Figure 31 illustrates the converted modulus with the analytical solution for given by Eq. (30).
As a conclusion, it can be stated that the proposed procedure is able to provide an accurate approximation of the relaxation modulus and of the complex modulus even though the original data does not match the exact response and even though data are not properly spaced.
3.3. Application example using experimental data
Finally, an application example is presented in which experimental data for DMTA obtained relaxation and complex moduli and of a flexible adhesive  are used to assess the present procedure. The employed flexible adhesive is a modified silane. Concretely, ISR 70-03 is employed . It should be remarked that the behavior of the employed material was fitted to an exponential relaxation model  considering nine relaxation functions.
The experimental relaxation modulus covers the time range while the complex modulus covers the frequency range . It should be reminded that an interpolation technique is used to equally space the data. Also, this interpolation step is needed to reach the needed and where a cubic interpolation is employed. It should be remarked that, due to the fact that and are experimental data, there is no a relaxation time associated withthem as a result there is no underlying model. Thus, the desired is estimated using the criteria where is the elapsed time from the strain is applied until relaxation is reached. Therefore, a is derived. Regarding the dynamic case a is selected. Therefore, Figure 32 shows the comparison of the conversion from relaxation modulus to complex modulus with the experimental data and Figure 33 shows the inverse conversion.
From Figure 32 , it should be pointed out that the described procedure achieves an accurate estimation for . Regarding the storage modulus, the described procedure reproduces the experimental data in the whole frequency range. Concerning, the loss factor , the procedure matches the tendency of the experimental data but differences are encountered, being significant in the high-frequency range where these grow up to 30%. Nevertheless, the accuracy of the interconversion can be improved by reducing the used. Regarding the interconversion from frequency to time, from Figure 33 , it should be noted that the described methodology provides a precise approximation for the experimentally obtained relaxation modulus during the relaxation. However, an error of is found for the upper time limit. As it was presented in Section 3, the accuracy can be improved by reducing the for the interpolation step or by widening the frequency range, this is employing a higher .
3.4. Concluding remarks
In this section, the interconversion between the complex modulus and the corresponding relaxation modulus for linear viscoelastic materials has been analyzed. In contrast to other approximate methods, in this research the FFT algorithm proposed by Cooley and Tukey has been applied on time-dependent part of the viscoelastic response . Together with the procedure itself, the influence of leakage, discretization and studied ranges so as the experimental error and data dispersion have been studied via an analytical material model. Also, an application case employing experimental data has been developed to prove the methodology. As a conclusion, the presented methodology is able to estimate the complex modulus by means of relaxation tests, and vice versa.
4. Structural noise and vibration reduction in a cabin elevator prototype by means of adhesive-bonded joints of panels
This section presents an experimental study for the structural noise and vibration reduction in a cabin elevator by means of adhesive-bonded joints of panels. For that noise and vibration measurements are carried out on two prototypes: one of them built with classical panel joining technologies and the other one with adhesive joints. Through the experiments, the benefits from the vibroacoustic point of view of joining panels by means of adhesive-bonded joints in contrast to the traditional joining technologies are put into evidence.
4.1. Prototype description
Measurements are performed in order to prove adhesive joints benefits using the selected material. Therefore, in an elevator cabin property of ORONA S. Coop., the interior sound pressure level was measured in conjunction with the vibration of a side panel . Besides, the vibrations of the floor of the cabin , , in
Hence, an elevator cabin prototype was built-up and two set of side panels were specifically manufactured. Thus, the results of the system with metallic joints are compared to those provided by the prototype system with adhesive joints. The experimental program was carried out under operational conditions and the analyzed frequency range is .
From Figure 34 , it should be noted that two kinds of joints are employed in the original system. On the one hand, a joint typology is used between the basis and the side panel. On the other hand, another one is employed to join the metal sheets that constitute this side panel. From Figure 35 , it should be pointed out that the adhesive joints are continuous; whereas the metallic ones are discrete joints. Besides, the joint thickness and overlapping length dimensions are and for the basis joint and and for the joint between the sheets.
Regarding the experiments, two kinds of responses were measured. On the one hand, the interior sound pressure level was registered at the center of the cabin at a height of 1.5 m and facing to the side panel under study. On the other hand, the out of plane acceleration of the side panel was measured. The floor accelerations , , in
Hence, Figure 36 shows a scheme in which the placement of the accelerometers and the microphone is represented.
Next, the responses of the elevator cabin with metallic joints are compared to those of the system with adhesive joints where the ISR 70-03 adhesive is employed. First, the sound pressure level is analyzed together with the acceleration auto-spectrum of the side panel (see Figure 36 ). Then, the floor acceleration auto-spectra in
4.2. Structural noise
Next, the sound pressure level inside the cabin is presented together with the vibration auto-spectrum of for the right-hand side of the panel, that of the left-hand side one being analogous (see Figure 36 ). Hence, Figure 37 shows the interior sound pressure level for the system with metallic joints and the corresponding one for the system with adhesive joints. The results are presented using the A-weighting . Figure 38 shows both acceleration spectra of .
From Figures 37 and 38 , it should be emphasized that the vibroacoustic response of an elevator cabin can be improved by adhesively bonding the side panels. Thus, according to Figure 37 , the sound pressure level has been reduced for even all frequency bands except for the one of 100 Hz. Small increments can be found also for the lowest frequency bands. Hence, the total sound pressure level has been determined, being for the system with metallic joints and for the one with adhesive joints. However, concerning the human ear, the A-weighting  is taken into account and the following values are reached: and , respectively.
Hence, it can be concluded that the interior sound pressure level has been reduced by means of adhesive joints where a reduction of has been achieved. It should be remarked that, for the present case only one of the three side panels has been adhesively bonded.
From Figure 38 , it should be noted that the system with metallic joints contains the highest vibration levels in the low-frequency range, especially for frequencies smaller than 100 Hz. It is important to remark that these vibration levels are an order higher than those for higher frequencies.
In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the provided solution, the RMS acceleration has been computed, the result is shown in Table 4 . The study is carried out taking into account two frequency groups: the first one made up by the frequency bands below 100 Hz and the second one by the frequency bands between 100 Hz and 1 kHz.
From Table 4 , it should be pointed out that the level of vibration of the side panel has been reduced in 20 and 30% for the low and high frequency bands, respectively.
In short, it can be concluded that adhesive joints are able to reduce the interior structural noise of an elevator cabin, by means of introducing effective modal damping for the side panels.
4.3. Vibration floor response
Next, the vibration spectra of the cabin floor are presented. The aim of this analysis is to verify that the vibrational ride comfort has not been decreased by the use of adhesive joints. Figures 39 – 41 illustrate the acceleration auto-spectra for , and , respectively, for the systems with metallic and adhesive joints.
From Figures 39 – 41 it should be pointed out that, accordingly to the panel response, the highest vibration levels are found for frequencies below 100 Hz. Concerning Figures 40 and 41 , it should be noted that the smallest vibration level is encountered for the medium-frequency range. It is worth mentioning that the acceleration level on the
From Table 4 , it should be pointed out that in spite of just one side panel has been joined with the adhesive material its effect over the vibrational response of the floor is significant. Thus, for the horizontal vibration a reduction up to 40% is obtained while the vertical vibration level has been reduced to 30%.
In this section, a study for the noise and vibration reduction in an elevator cabin prototype by means of panel adhesive-bonded joints has been presented. The interior sound pressure level of the considered elevator cabin prototype has been reduced in . The vibration level of the side panel has been significantly reduced in the low and high frequency bands. Also, the vibration level of the elevator cabin floor has been reduced also.
As conclusion, taking into account the presented results obtained with adhesive joints in only side panels, ride comfort in an elevator cabin can be notably enhanced by substituting traditional joining technologies by adhesive-bonded joints.
5. Chapter conclusions
This chapter has been focused on the dynamic characterization of adhesive materials for vibration control proposes. First, the experimental characterization and modelization of the relaxation and complex moduli of the flexible adhesive ISR 70-03 by means of a dynamic mechanical thermal analysis technique (DMTA) has been presented. Then, the interconversion path between the relaxation modulus and the corresponding complex modulus for linear viscoelastic solid materials has been explored. In contrast to other approximate methods, in this work the fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm has been directly applied on relaxation functions. Finally, an experimental study for the structural noise and vibration reduction in a cabin elevator by means of adhesive-bonded joints of panels has been presented to probe the benefits of adhesive joints on the vibroacoustic behavior of equipment subjected to dynamics loads.