Effects of boundary flexibility in the moving oscillator problem

Chin An Tan, Yonghong Chen, Lawrence A. Bergman

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In this paper, the problem of an oscillator moving across an elastically supported Euler-Bernoulli beam is examined. The oscillator is modeled by a one-degree-of-freedom sprung mass and the end supports are modeled by linear springs in the transverse direction. Solution for the response of the beam is represented by an eigenfunction expansion series. Numerical results are obtained for the eigenvalues and the response of the elastically supported beam, and the interaction force (force in the oscillator spring). To guide the discussion, a critical value of the support stiffness is determined from the plot of the first natural frequency versus the support stiffness. Effects of the boundary flexibility on the maximum beam response and the maximum interaction force are discussed as a function of the speed and the oscillator frequency. The boundary flexibility is shown to have a significant implication in the design analysis of the moving oscillator problem, especially for shorter span beam structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2001
Event18th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Sep 9 2001Sep 12 2001


Other18th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA


  • Elastic boundary conditions
  • Interaction force
  • Maximum response
  • Moving oscillator
  • Resonance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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