An iterative reduced-order substructuring approach to the calculation of eigensolutions and eigensensitivities

Wei Tian, Shun Weng, Yong Xia, Hongping Zhu, Fei Gao, Yuan Sun, Jiajing Li

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Substructuring methods are efficient to estimate some lowest eigensolutions and eigensensitivities of large-scale structural systems by representing the global eigenequation with small-sized substructural eigenmodes. Inclusion of more substructural eigenmodes improves the accuracy of eigensolutions and eigensensitivities, whereas decreases the computational efficiency adversely. This paper proposes a new iterative reduced-order substructuring method to calculate the eigensolutions and eigensensitivities of the global structure. A modal transformation matrix, relating the higher modes to the lower modes, is derived to transform the original frequency-dependent matrices of each substructure into frequency-independent ones. A simplified reduced-order eigenequation is then obtained through a few iterations performed on the modal transformation matrix and mass matrix. The eigensolutions and eigensensitivities of the global structure are calculated accurately with a small number of substructural eigenmodes retained, avoiding the inclusion of numerous substructural eigenmodes. Applications of the proposed method to a numerical frame and a practical large-scale structure demonstrate that the eigensolutions and eigensensitivities of the global structure can be calculated accurately with only a small number of substructural eigenmodes and a few iterations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-377
Number of pages17
JournalMechanical Systems and Signal Processing
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019


  • Eigensensitivity
  • Eigensolution
  • Model reduction
  • Substructuring method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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