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Investigations of Natural Frequencies and Vibration Mode Shapes for a Post-Buckled Beam With Different Attached Masses

[+] Author Affiliations
Pascaline Cette, Adam J. Sneller, Brian P. Mann

Duke University, Durham, NC

Paper No. DSCC2010-4025, pp. 569-576; 8 pages
  • ASME 2010 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • ASME 2010 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, Volume 2
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, September 12–15, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4418-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3884-6
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


This paper considers the theoretical response of a base-excited post-buckled beam. A mass that can be varied was attached to the midspan of the clamped-clamped beam. The theoretical model for the post-buckled beam was first investigated by applying the extended Hamilton principle to obtain a partial differential equation for beam motion carrying a central mass. This equation was used to analyze the behavior of the pre- and post-buckled natural frequencies in terms of the axial load. The first three buckled configurations were then examined, and plots showing the pre- and post-buckled modal frequencies were constructed. It was found that the addition of a central mass to the beam significantly lowered its first natural frequency, while the second frequency was relatively unaffected. A set of experiments were performed and it was shown that adding a mass on the beam increased the occurrence of snap through behavior. This nonlinear behavior produced large displacements and chaotic behavior.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Vibration , Shapes



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