Expected Results:

The project focuses on the development of systematic design and analysis methods combining quasi-zero-stiffness vibration isolation theory with bio-inspired design to create a novel isolation system.

The combination of bio-inspired structures and negative stiffness structures will produce extraordinary vibration isolation performance to prevent the vibrations transmitted to operator platforms and seats. The anticipated outcomes of the project will be:

  1. Systematic design methods and principles for developing innovative vibration isolation systems;
  2. A prototype of the innovative isolation unit; and
  3. Evaluation of the vibration isolation performance of the unit using extensive laboratory tests.

It is expected that the developed isolation system (unit), with appropriate modification for specific applications will be incorporated in the structure of the new equipment while also being adaptable to retrofit existing equipment.