Nonreciprocal acoustics and dynamics in the in-plane oscillations of a geometrically nonlinear lattice

Zhen Zhang, I. Koroleva, L. I. Manevitch, Lawrence Bergman, A. F. Vakakis

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We study the dynamics and acoustics of a nonlinear lattice with fixed boundary conditions composed of a finite number of particles coupled by linear springs, undergoing in-plane oscillations. The source of the strongly nonlinearity of this lattice is geometric effects generated by the in-plane stretching of the coupling linear springs. It has been shown that in the limit of low energy the lattice gives rise to a strongly nonlinear acoustic vacuum, which is a medium with zero speed of sound as defined in classical acoustics. The acoustic vacuum possesses strongly nonlocal coupling effects and an orthogonal set of nonlinear standing waves [or nonlinear normal modes (NNMs)] with mode shapes identical to those of the corresponding linear lattice; in contrast to the linear case, however, all NNMs except the one with the highest wavelength are unstable. In addition, the lattice supports two types of waves, namely, nearly linear sound waves (termed "L waves") corresponding to predominantly axial oscillations of the particles and strongly nonlinear localized propagating pulses (termed "NL pulses") corresponding to predominantly transverse oscillating wave packets of the particles with localized envelopes. We show the existence of nonlinear nonreciprocity phenomena in the dynamics and acoustics of the lattice. Two opposite cases are examined in the limit of low energy. The first gives rise to nonreciprocal dynamics and corresponds to collective, spatially extended transverse loading of the lattice leading to the excitation of individual, predominantly transverse NNMs, whereas the second case gives rise to nonreciprocal acoutics by considering the response of the lattice to spatially localized, transverse impulse or displacement excitations. We demonstrate intense and recurring energy exchanges between a directly excited NNM and other NNMs with higher wave numbers, so that nonreciprocal energy exchanges from small-to-large wave numbers are established. Moreover, we show the existence of nonreciprocal wave interaction phenomena in the form of irreversible targeted energy transfers from L waves to NL pulses during collisions of these two types of waves. Additional nonreciprocal acoustics are found in the form of complex "cascading processes, as well as nonreciprocal interactions between L waves and stationary discrete breathers. The computational studies confirm the theoretically predicted transition of the lattice dynamics to a low-energy state of nonlinear acoustic vacum with strong nonlocality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number032214
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 16 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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