Transitions from strongly to weakly nonlinear motions of damped nonlinear oscillators

G. Salenger, A. F. Vakakis, Oleg Gendelman, Leonid Manevitch, Igor Andrianov

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We construct analytical approximations for the transition from strongly nonlinear, early-time oscillations to weakly nonlinear, late-time motions of single degree of freedom, damped, nonlinear oscillators. Two methods are developed. The first relies on (a) derivation of an analytic solution for the initial value problem of an exactly integrable damped system, (b) development of separate early- and late-time approximations to the damped motion using the integrable solution, and (c) patching of the two approximations in the time domain by imposing continuity conditions on the composite solution at the point of matching. The second approach relies on a multiple-scales application of the method of nonsmooth transformations first developed by Pilipchuck, but complemented with a corrected frequency-amplitude relation. This improved relation is obtained by developing two separate frequency-amplitude asymptotic expansions in the frequency-amplitude plane, that are valid for large and small amplitudes, respectively, and then matching them using two-point diagonal Pade approximants. Comparisons between analytical approximations and numerical results validate the two approaches developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-114
Number of pages16
JournalNonlinear Dynamics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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