# [SOLVED]Transfer function of a damped hanging mass

#### dwsmith

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How do I find the transfer function of damped masses hanging?

I know that the transfer function is
$H(s) = \frac{\mathcal{L}\{y(t)\}}{\mathcal{L}\{x(t)\}}$
where $$u$$ is the input which is a force and $$x_1$$ is the output.

Given the following diagram (see below), how do I find the input and output functions? Last edited:

#### dwsmith

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The force of damping is
$F_d = b\frac{dx}{dt}$
so by Newton's Law, the system can be written as
$u - b(\dot{x}_1 + \dot{x}_2) = m(\ddot{x_1} + \ddot{x}_2).$
Is this Correct?

How do I separate out the input from the output?

#### dwsmith

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I tried modeling the forces separately but not sure if this is wise either.

For the first mass, we have $-b\dot{x}_1 = m\ddot{x_1}$, correct?

Now the second is $-b(\dot{x}_1 + \dot{x}_2) + u = m\ddot{x}_2$, correct?

I should be able to take the Laplace transform of both and end up with what I need to construct the transfer function which is
$$H(s) = \frac{X_1(s)}{U(s)}.$$
However, I still have and $X_2(s)$. Are my equations of motion wrong? If not, what am I doing incorrectly?

If take the Laplace transform of both, we have
$X_1(s)(s^2m + bs) = 0$
and
$X_2(s)(s^2m + sb) + sbX_1(s) - U(s) = 0$
The initial conditions are zero since when finding the transfer function, the initial conditions are zero by definition. If this is correct, how do I get rid of $$X_2(s)$$?

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