5. Damping Orthogonality

In section 5 we deal with damping. We’ll see that the same uncoupling of the equations of motion we discussed in the previous section cannot be directly applied to the damping matrix. In this section, we’ll explore how to derive a damping matrix that provides predictable levels of damping in each vibration mode. This section is important as it equips you with two complete and equivalent solution strategies; direct integration and modal superposition. We’ll finish out this section by demonstrating the equivalence of both.