Indexed on: 14 Jun '16Published on: 10 Jun '16Published in: Journal of Sound and Vibration
Statistical modal Energy distribution Analysis (SmEdA) approach was developed to enlarge the application field of Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) when equipartition of modal energies is not achieved. SmEdA gives more precise results than standard SEA when compared to exact energy response of a deterministic system in the case of low modal overlap, heterogeneous systems or point excitation. The present paper was initiated by this question: when considering a population of similar structures, each of them being described by SmEdA, do the ensemble averaged energies of subsystem and injected power tend to satisfy SEA equations? In other terms, despite the non-equipartition of energy observed on each element of the population of structures does the ensemble averaging leads to SEA equation where equipartition of energy is assumed? The response to that question that rises from this paper is yes, if the terms of the SEA equation are fuzzy numbers. It results that the energy response given by the model can be interpreted using fuzzy numbers theory.