Nonlinear resonances of chains of thin elastic beams with intermittent contact

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Akira Saito

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Meiji University, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 214-8571, Japan

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4040540 History: Received December 23, 2017; Revised June 07, 2018


This paper deals with the forced response analysis of chains of thin elastic beams that are subject to periodic external loading and frictionless intermittent contact between the beams. Our study shows that the beams show nonlinear resonances whose frequencies are the same as the linear resonant frequencies if all the beams have the same stiffness. Furthermore, it is also shown that small gaps between the beams and small deviation, or mistuning in the stiffness of each beam can cause drastic changes in the nonlinear resonant frequencies of the system dynamics. The system is modeled as a semi-discrete system of piecewise-linear oscillators with multiple degrees of freedom that are subject to unilateral constraints, which is derived from a finite element discretization of the beams. The resulting equations of motions are solved by a second-order numerical integration scheme, and steady-state solutions are sought for various driving frequencies. Results of parametric studies with respect to the gaps between the beams and the number of beams are presented to discuss how these parameters affect the resonant behavior of the system.

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