Motion limiting nonlinear dynamics of initially curved beams

Hamed Farokhi, Mergen H. Ghayesh

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An initially curved beam is considered and its motion is constrained using two elastic constraints; the corresponding non-smooth nonlinear transverse dynamics is investigated for the first time. A clamped-clamped beam with one axially movable end is modelled via Bernoulli-Euler beam theory together with the inextensibility condition, giving rise to nonlinear inertial terms along with nonlinear geometric terms. Furthermore, the damping is modelled via Kelvin-Voigt internal damping model. The proposed model is verified for linear and nonlinear behaviours via comparison to a finite element model. The impact between beam and constraints is incorporated via calculating its work contribution. The nonlinear equation of motion is derived while incorporating geometric, damping, inertial, and constraints nonlinearities. A series of spatial basis functions together with corresponding vibration modes are used as the proposed solution of the transverse displacement. A modal discretisation is performed via the weighted-residual method of Galerkin and the corresponding non-smooth terms are kept intact while conducting numerical integration. A numerical continuation technique is utilised to solve the resultant equations. The non-smooth response is obtained for various cases and the effects of several parameters are studied thoroughly.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106346
Number of pages14
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Early online date16 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


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