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Nonlinear Response of an Inextensible, Cantilevered Beam Subjected to a Nonconservative Follower Force

[+] Author Affiliations
Kevin A. McHugh, Earl H. Dowell

Duke University, Durham, NC

Paper No. DETC2018-85447, pp. V006T09A032; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2018-85447
From:
  • ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 14th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control
  • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, August 26–29, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5183-8
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME

abstract

The dynamic stability of a cantilevered beam actuated by a nonconservative follower force has previously been studied for its interesting dynamical properties and its applications to engineering designs such as thrusters. However, most of the literature considers a linear model. A modest number of papers considers a nonlinear model. Here, a system of nonlinear equations is derived from a new energy approach for an inextensible cantilevered beam with a follower force acting upon it. The equations are solved in time, and agreement is shown with published results for the critical force including the effects of damping (as determined by a linear model). This model readily allows the determination of both in-plane and out-of-plane deflections as well as the constraint force. With this novel transparency into the system dynamics, the nonlinear post-critical limit cycle oscillations are studied including a concentration on the force which enforces the inextensibility constraint.

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