Instability and chaos in the elastica type problem of parametrically excited columns

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The analysis of a parametrically excited simply supported column, made of non-linear elastic material, including the effects of the (elastica type) large deflections and the changes in its length, is presented. The equation of motion derived is in the form of the non-linear Mathieu equation ÿ + (ω2 + a cos θt)y + b cos θty3 + cy3 = 0, which was analytically investigated in a previous paper by the present authors and their colleagues [1]. The main results as obtained there are described. The influence of the various parameters involved and the initial conditions on the instability regions, as well as on the nature of the system’s response, are investigated. The possibility of chaotic behaviour is examined within the concept of Lyapunov exponents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-486
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Sound and Vibration
Issue number4
StatePublished - 29 Sep 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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