An invariant manifold approach for studying waves in a one-dimensional array of non-linear oscillators

Ioannis T. Georgiou, Alexander F. Vakakis

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Abstract

We consider a one-dimensional linear spring-mass array coupled to a one-dimensional array of uncoupled pendula. The principal aim of this study is to investigate the non-linear dynamics of this large-scale system in the limit of weak non-linearities, i.e. when the (fast) non-linear pendulum effects are small compared to the underlying (slow) linear dynamics of the linear spring-mass chain. We approach the dynamics in the context of invariant manifolds of motion. In particular, we prove the existence of an invariant manifold containing the (predominantly) slow dynamics of the system, with the fast pendulum dynamics providing small perturbations to the motions on the invariant manifold. By restricting the motion on the slow invariant manifold and performing asymptotic analysis we prove that the non-linear large-scale system possesses propagation and attenuation zones (PZs and AZs) in the frequency domain, similarly to the corresponding zones of the linearized system. Inside PZs non-linear travelling wave solutions exist, whereas in AZs only attenuating waves are permissible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-886
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics
Volume31
Issue number6 SPEC. ISS.
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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