Vibration damping of a plate by means of a fluid layer is investigated. First, the frequency-dependent flow resistance of a fluid layer is explained with a simple illustration of the damping mechanism. Then, the vibration response of a plate is examined when it is backed by a rigid plane or another flexible plate with a fluid layer constricted in-between. Effects of the plate motion and acoustic radiation on the damping mechanism are also considered. The numerical results are presented in terms of frequency response of the plates.

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