Recently we received a discussion by Mohammad R. Rastegar and Mehrdaad Ghorashi on our previously published paper in the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics. The commentators claimed, “While the paper is interesting, the solution seems to be questionable,… .” They went on to conclude, “Therefore, the application of the results presented in the paper seems to be misleading.” They have also given their own analysis without any fundamental or mathematical basis.
As for us, at first glance, it shows that their intentions for writing such comments are both unprofessional and naı¨ve. We would like to encourage them to be more respectful and knowledgeable when judging others’ refereed research findings and published results without a rational and rigorous analysis. We take their comments to be more the result of hurried opinion and exhausted mind flash rather than sound technical basis.
They have claimed that our paper is “interesting,” but have failed to point out how they have arrived at this conclusion and which part of this paper does indeed interest them most. With regard to their comments “the solution seems to be questionable,” we must point out that it is their weak knowledge of basic vibration subjects and the lack of a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles that are most questionable. They then happily sailed home to say, “the application of the presented results seems to be misleading.” On the contrary, we believe them to be in error in understanding the basic principles of vibration.
At this stage, we would like to draw the commentators’ attention to how they should have analyzed the contents of our paper; after which they should be able to understand and arrive comfortably at our correct conclusion.
Surely, this is an obvious mistake since the summation is over the entire terms and they are not allowed to conclude that every individual term in the summation is equal to zero, i.e.,
Rastegar and Ghorashi have objected to the assumption of using the “same modal amplitudes” in the Timoshenko beam theory used in our paper. We should point out that the use of the same time-functions, in the Gallerkin approximation, used in our paper, is a common practice and the standard assumption that has been utilized by many researchers in other areas of mechanics (for example see 1, 2, 3, and 4 for elastic rods, laminated composite plates, etc.). It will ensure the synchronized nature of the motion of the transverse displacement of the beam and the orientation of its cross-section This assumption is also in total agreement with the limiting case for the Timoshenko beam theory, where by assuming it will lead to the Euler-Bernoulli formulation. However, by assuming a different set of generalized coordinates it will make this simplified form rather unreachable.
With regard to the requested experimental results, we would like to add that our optimum design technique was successfully implemented in an industrial project supervised by a high-voltage overhead transmission line manufacturer and funded by a governmental department. The absorption of the vibration levels was found to be quite good and within the working range predicted by our simulation study model. Those accepted test results and data were to be treated confidentially under the disclosed agreement signed by both of us with the above-mentioned agency.