##### Author

Tufano, Dante

##### Other Contributors

Sotoudeh, Zahra; Maniatty, Antoinette M.; Anderson, Kurt S.; Le Bot, Alain;

##### Date Issued

2017-05

##### Subject

Aeronautical engineering

##### Degree

PhD;

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##### Abstract

The introduction of this thesis provides an overview of statistical energy analysis (SEA), a modeling approach to vibroacoustics that motivates this work on entropy. The objective of this thesis is given, and followed by a discussion of the intellectual merit of this work as well as a literature review of relevant material. Following the introduction, an entropy analysis of systems of coupled oscillators is performed utilizing Khinchin's definition of entropy. This analysis develops upon the mathematical theory relating to mixing entropy, which is generated by the coupling of vibroacoustic systems. The mixing entropy is shown to provide insight into the qualitative behavior of such systems. Additionally, it is shown that the entropy inequality property of Khinchin's entropy can be reduced to an equality using the mixing entropy concept. This equality can be interpreted as a facet of the second law of thermodynamics for vibroacoustic systems.; The aforementioned work utilizes the weak coupling assumption to determine the entropy of composite systems. Following this discussion, a direct method of finding entropy is developed which does not rely on this limiting assumption. The resulting entropy provides a useful benchmark for evaluating the accuracy of the weak coupling approach, and is validated using systems of coupled oscillators. The later chapters of this work discuss Khinchin's entropy as applied to nonlinear and nonconservative systems, respectively. The discussion of entropy for nonlinear systems is motivated by the desire to expand the applicability of SEA techniques beyond the linear regime. The discussion of nonconservative systems is also crucial, since real-world systems interact with their environment, and it is necessary to confirm the validity of an entropy approach for systems that are relevant in the context of SEA.; Having developed a mathematical framework for determining entropy under a number of previously unexplored cases, the relationship between thermodynamics and statistical vibroacoustics can be better understood. Specifically, vibroacoustic temperatures can be obtained for systems that are not necessarily linear or weakly coupled. In this way, entropy provides insight into how the power flow proportionality of statistical energy analysis (SEA) can be applied to a broader class of vibroacoustic systems. As such, entropy is a useful tool for both justifying and expanding the foundational results of SEA.; Following this analysis, an investigation of continuous systems is performed using Khinchin's entropy. It is shown that entropy analyses using Khinchin's entropy are valid for continuous systems that can be decomposed into a finite number of modes. The results are shown to be analogous to those obtained for simple oscillators, which demonstrates the applicability of entropy-based approaches to real-world systems. Three systems are considered to demonstrate these findings: 1) a rod end-coupled to a simple oscillator, 2) two end-coupled rods, and 3) two end-coupled beams.; The research contained within this thesis deals with the subject of entropy as defined for and applied to mechanically vibrating systems. This work begins with an overview of entropy as it is understood in the fields of classical thermodynamics, information theory, statistical mechanics, and statistical vibroacoustics. Khinchin's definition of entropy, which is the primary definition used for the work contained in this thesis, is introduced in the context of vibroacoustic systems. The main goal of this research is to to establish a mathematical framework for the application of Khinchin's entropy in the field of statistical vibroacoustics by examining the entropy context of mechanically vibrating systems.;

##### Description

May 2017; School of Engineering

##### Department

Dept. of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering;

##### Publisher

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

##### Relationships

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