Analysis of the Coupled Nonlinear Vibration of a Two-Mass System

Document Type: Research Paper


Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria


This paper presents a fixed-end two-mass system (TMS) with end constraints that permits uncoupled solutions for different masses. The coupled nonlinear models for the present fixed-end TMS were solved using the continuous piecewise linearization method (CPLM) and detailed investigation on the effect of mass-ratio on the TMS response was conducted. The investigations showed that increased mass-ratio leads to decreased oscillation frequency and an asymptotic response was obtained at very large mass-ratios. Theoretical solutions to determine the asymptotic response were derived. Also, it was observed that distinct responses can be obtained for the same mass-ratio depending on the mass combination in the TMS. The present fixed-end TMS and the analyses presented give a broader understanding of fixed-end TMS.


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