Impact of Vlasov Foundation Parameters on the Deflection of a Non-uniform Timoshenko Beam Subject to a Moving Load
Subject of the study is a Timoshenko beam with transverse-variable Young’s modulus. Problem of vibrations of the beam resting on an inertial Vlasov foundation and subjected to a moving force is solved analytically. The Timoshenko beam’s eigenproblem is discussed and the physical sense of the additional band of natural vibrations and the corresponding critical frequency is analytically explained. The impact of the foundation and its parameters on the Timoshenko beam’s vibrations forced by moving force is investigated. Dynamic factors relating to beam deflections are analyzed. Two vibration cases are discussed: forced vibrations (when a moving force is applied to the beam) and free vibrations (after the moving force has been left the beam). The damping effect on vibration is taken into account in the problem solution. The results indicate that appropriate selection of the foundation’s parameters allows for the beam deflection’s significant reduction, while the impact of the shear coefficient in the foundation on the reduction is more pronounced than the impact of other factors.