## Logarithmic sine sweep: how to compute cycles?

## Logarithmic sine sweep: how to compute cycles?

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Hi,

I am running a transient simulation in Nastran. The structure undergoes a sine-sweep base acceleration and I need to compute the number of cycles the structure will se during the whole simulation.

How do I do that knowing the sweep rate (R [oct/min]), the total duraton (T [s]) and the frequency range (Df [Hz])?

Thank you

Regards

I am running a transient simulation in Nastran. The structure undergoes a sine-sweep base acceleration and I need to compute the number of cycles the structure will se during the whole simulation.

How do I do that knowing the sweep rate (R [oct/min]), the total duraton (T [s]) and the frequency range (Df [Hz])?

Thank you

Regards

## RE: Logarithmic sine sweep: how to compute cycles?

In my opinion the first thing to do is use Df and the number of octaves (T/60*R) to find a start frequency. The simplest approach from then is to model the waveform and count zero crossings, but a calculus based approach is more elegant.

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Greg Locock

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## RE: Logarithmic sine sweep: how to compute cycles?

num_cycles=(zero_crossings/2)-1

is what I was missing. Since I generated the sweep using Matlab, I could just make it count the number of zero-crossing points and use it in the previous equation.

Until now I was trying to follow the procedure explained in the book written by Wijker, but I was not sure about the result I got (nearly 1500 cycles). I will cross check the result.

Thank you!