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Horizontal Pendulum With Sudden Changes in Platform Tilt

[+] Author Affiliations
Clark C. McGehee, Zach C. Ballard, Brian P. Mann

Duke University, Durham, NC

Paper No. DETC2011-48423, pp. 439-448; 10 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 23rd Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5478-5
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


The equations of motion for a horizontal pendulum mounted to a rocking platform are developed. Equilibrium conditions are found as a function of the platform tilt angle. The equations are transformed to describe motion about the shifting equilibrium point, and an approximation for the amplitude and phase correction of the solution is developed using the method of averaging. This approximation is used to construct an iterative map that describes the pendulum angle and rotational velocity between each instance of platform rocking. Approximate analytical solutions are compared to numerical and experimental results, and ongoing work is discussed.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Pendulums



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