Published: 07 October 2016

Nonlinear oscillations of flexible pendulum systems under action of periodical excitation

О. V. Barmina1
M. F. Zeytman2
1, 2Mechanical Engineering Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia
Corresponding Author:
M. F. Zeytman
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Nonlinear oscillations of a flexible pendulum system with the periodical excitation by two forces of different frequency are considered. Both forces are applied to an inertia center of a pendulum load. One of them is directed tangentially to the trajectory of motion, and another one coincides on a direction with tangent to the elastic line of a pendulum flexible rod. Such system is offered as a dynamic model for a vibrational regimes examination of some mechanical objects with the motion independent forms of their deformed elements. The quasilinear movement equations of their forced vibrations with the parametric excitation attributes at the both frequencies and also a purely forced vibration regime with a single frequency were obtained.

1. Introduction

A schemes complication, a components number increase in many machine constructions together with a considerable rise of their sizes leads to a motions independence of some separate units and entering into them elements. For this reason, traditionally used dynamic models at an oscillations study in machines appear not quite adequate for the description of some multistage constructions dynamics with not met earlier motions shape. In such cases it is expediently to use the mechanics objects, which are earlier not applied for the dynamic processes description in the systems with the deformed details relative motion in conditions of a multifrequency excitation.

To such models it is quite possible to refer the flexible pendulum systems, whose kinematics up to a surprise corresponds to an independent and highly important devices motion of some responsible mechanical constructions. If the similar type pendulum structures provide with the various properties in a large range concerning a character and conditions of attachment, a type and modification of an excitation vector and also an external force factors combination, it is possible to obtain thus a wide field of the dynamic model combination. Such models correspond to shapes variety of independent motion in the complex mechanical systems for which traditional models at the similar circumstances appear often untenable.

In paper [1] the nonlinear problem about physical pendulum natural oscillations with the flexible rod elastically attached relative to angular displacements in a fixed point was considered. For this system the quasilinear motion equations during its natural vibrations have been attained. Only small oscillations in conditions of the nonlinear terms exclusion were further investigated. Nonlinear oscillations of a mathematical flexible pendulum with a point mass on the rod end were in more detail explored. The model has however up on appreciably changed, acquiring one freedom degree. It permitted, in turn, an adoption the classical analytical methods to the nonlinear problem solution. In [2, 3] the gyropendulum nonlinear dynamics was studied under the same attachment requirements of the upper suspension, as in [1]. However, in [3] discussed only an inverted one with the support beneath its rotor center of mass. In the both cases mass centers of gyropendulum rotors didn’t coincide with their attachment points. In [4-7] considered a stability control of a nonlinearly heavy spring pendulum at the coincidence of the mass center with an attachment point on a flexible shaft. The contribution [8] analyzed the dynamics of astatic gyroscope under conditions of the parametric resonance. The mass center of a gyropendulum rotor didn’t coincide with an attachment point on a flexible shaft. An excitation source of gyropendulum was the rotor unbalance forces with a frequency of its rotation. In this contribution a planar movement of the flexible physical pendulum is excited by two periodical forces – transverse, directed along the tangent of its mass center trajectory and longitudinal following force acting along the tangent to the resilient rod line. In [1] the mass center of the pendulum weight is approximately coincident with its attachment point on the lower end of the rod. In this model the pendulum solid body has a long shape and its mass center doesn’t also coincide with the attachment point on the rod, as in [2]. The equatorial inertia radius that of assumed to be noticeable. Then taking into account considerable value of the pendulum weight, an inertias moment, bending the rod, could be considered as sufficiently great. It should be noted, that because of a small quantity of the excitation coefficients, the acting periodical forces amplitudes are regarded as little, but their frequencies – high and incommensurable. The last condition is connected with an exclusion of the frequencies multiple. One can result in nonlinear systems to an appearance of some additional phenomena, for example, subharmonic oscillations. It would be desirable here to part these factors and to explore the feasible phenomena independently.

2. Main part

For more distinct display of the model operation results we examine the simplest scheme from mentioned above systems – a physical pendulum with the flexible weightless rod and long solid body on the lower end. The mass center doesn’t coincide with its attachment point (Fig. 1), hence the rod has two sections: flexible OO1and rigid O1O2. Pendulum oscillates in vertical plane relative to the fixed suspension point O. The weight mass – m, its inertia equatorial radius concerning the axis, perpendicular to the oscillation plane in the pointO2ρ. The rod stiffness EI is constant along the elastic part OO1, but relatively the angular displacements it is resiliently constrained in the suspension point O, which is modeled by a spiral spring with stiffness k. In the discussed problem only bending rod strains are taken into account, and longitudinal are neglected as their values are inconsiderable. Hence the weight center of mass will move on a circular trajectory [1].

Fig. 1Scheme of the physical pendulum with the flexible weightless rod

Scheme of the physical pendulum with the flexible weightless rod

Let’s enter the necessary coordinates and variables which characterize a load position in its planar motion. The mobile coordinate system Ous and fixed OAB allow completely to fix a solid body motion in the pendulum oscillation plane. So, the rod angular deflection φ from vertically directed fixed abscissas axis OA and its mobile analog Ous passing through points O and O2 determines an arrangement of the weight mass center. Angle ψ characterizes a symmetry axis turn of the solid body, coinciding in that case with the rod curved axis tangent in the point O1. This angle is related with a load turn in the oscillation plane due to the elastic rod bending relatively the coordinates Ous. Thus, both coordinates φ and ψ also are necessary and sufficient for the assignment of a plane-parallel motion of the solid body in the pendulum bottom. Some words about two exciting periodical forces expressions mentioned above. Both ones are applied to weight mass center. The first is however directed tangentially to the motion trajectory and is determined by Fp=mlqpsinΩt, where mlqp – small amplitude because of a little value of the excitation coefficient qp (it has dimensionality of an angular acceleration), and Ω is high frequency of excitation force. Second one represents the following longitudinal force Fn=mlqnsinωt. It is directed on the rod elastic line tangent in the point O1 and its amplitude also is small owing to the little value of the abstract excitation coefficient qn. Its excitation high frequency ω is incommensurable with Ω for exclusion the multiplicity of both quantities. Then we form the projections expressions of the acting on the rod external forces, and also inertial ones and their moments from the pendulum load on the coordinates mobile system:


The inertial forces moment relative to the point O2 at the load turn due to the rod bend [1]:


The positive forces directions P, N and moment M are shown on Fig. 1. The flexure us,t is measured from the axis Os directed upon a normal and it is considered as positive if it coincides with the direction P [1].

Let's write down now the acting external force factors equilibrium conditions on the examined system together with the inertial forces and their moments according to a kinetostatics method:


It follows besides from the geometrical reasons the present equality:


The elastic rod flexures should satisfy to the differential equation [1]:

EIu''s,t-Nus,t=Pl-s+M, 0<s<l0,

and the weight symmetry axis linear displacements from the axis Os to a geometrical relation [2]:

us,t=ul0,t+s-l0u'l0,t, l0<s<l,

and to boundary conditions:

u0,t=0, ul,t=ul0,t+l-l0u'l0,t=0.

Eq. (6), (7) are caused by the weight extended shape. Its masses center a priori doesn’t coincide with the attachment point of the flexible rod weight and the expressions Eq. (6), (7) are from here arisen.

The general integral Eq. (5) has the present appearance:

us,t=Achλs+Bshλs-PN-1l-s-MN-1, λ2=NEI-1,

and then from Eq. (6), (7), remembering about Eq. (7), the tangents slope angles to the rod curved axis in corresponding points are obtained:

u'0,t=N-1Pc1λ+l-1Mc2λ, u'l,t=u'l0,t=N-1Pc3λ+l-1Mc4λ,


c1λ=1-λlchλl0+λl-l0shλl0c-1λ, c3λ=1-λlc-1λ,
c2λ=λl1-chλl0-λl-l0shλl0c-1λ, c4λ=λlchλl0-1c-1λ,

Being applied attentively to force structure P, N and parameter λ it is easy to notice that all they are nonlinear functions of coordinates φ and ψ and their derivatives. Depending upon further applications of given materials, we suppose that the flexible pendulum angular deflections are finite, but simultaneously minor. We shall then maintain in interesting us functions all quantities up to the third order infinitesimal inclusively [1].

Expanding in the power series the trigonometrical ratios in the Eq. (1) and carrying out the necessary transforms, we obtain firstly the tangential (traverse) force:


where the linear part of one:


and its nonlinear group:

f1=-mgψqn sinωt+1/6mgφ31-qnsinωt+1/6mgψ3qnsinωt

Let’s implement, however, a certain notice concerning an expression structure of the function f1. An infinitesimal order of the angle ψ (the quantity, determining the rod bend), from physical reasons exclusively, below, than at φ – the pendulum angular deflection from the vertical. The multiplication ψ on the small coefficient qn enables to recognize this term as the nonlinear element equivalent to the second order infinitesimal. This is the reason to include this product into the nonlinear terms group of f1. The maintenance of the similar type periodical components in this one will give an estimation major opportunity of the pendulum parametric excitation influence by the nonlinear terms with the insignificance various level.

For normal (longitudinal) force similarly it is possible to write down:


In the last expression a small periodical function qnsinωt, linear concerning coefficient qn, is formally put into nonlinear terms group f2. The similar step changes essentially nothing. It allows however to simplify the further expansion in a series on a small variable f2 the subsequent necessary us functions.

We pay attention now to parameter λ, which according to Eq. (8) can be presented so:

λ2=λ021+f2, λ02=mg/EI,

further, using a binomial series, we attain:

λ=λ0 1+ 1/2 f2, λ02=mg1/2/EI.

The tangent slope angles u'0,t, u'l,t represent the small variable f2 transcendental functions, as it follows from Eq. (9), (12). The last one appears, in its turn, as the second and third order infinitesmal quantity relatively φ, ψ, φ˙ and the small amplitude qn. It is, from here, obviously the expansion application in the Taylor series upon f2 with retention only its linear terms [1, 2].

It is easy to show, that N-1=1-f2/mg, and after a series Taylor expansion of functions ckλ(k=1,,4), from Eq. (9) and their substitution in these expressions, taking into account Eq. (12), required derivatives will be [1, 2]:


where dkλ0=1/2λ0dck(λ0)/dλ0-ckλ0, k=1,,4.

Let’s pass to another ckλ0 arguments ϑ=λ0l, ϑ0=λ0l0 and obtained from them constants ϑ0/ϑ=l0/l=ξ, ϑ-ϑ0=ϑ(1-ξ). Then we can write down the coefficients values ckϑ,ϑ0, dkϑ,ϑ0 after elementaries, but labourious transforms:


The Eq. (13) seem, at first sight, coinciding with the dependences, obtained in [2] for a gyropendulum with a flexible shaft. The periodical excitation nature is however in both cases different. This phenomenon was explained in [2] by a rotor disbalance, and in our problem with the planar motion both exciting forces act in the pendulum oscillation plane, promoting the buckling and transverse bending of the elastic rod. The Eq. (14) values will therefore be others.

Let’s substitute now Eq. (10), (11), (13) in Eq. (3), (4) and, as well as earlier, after, the elementary transforms we obtain the differential motion equations of the accepted here dynamic model – the physical pendulum with the flexible rod and the rigid suspension support at the action of two periodical forces with different frequencies:


where β=k/mgl, η =ρ/l – dimensionless quantities.

The functions F1, F2 are nonlinear concerning coordinates and their derivatives and have the present aspect:

F1=1/6 gl-1βc1+11-qnsinωtφ3+ψ3+3φ2ψ-φψ2-6ψqnsinωt
F2=1/6 gl-1c3φ3-ψ3+3φ2ψ-φψ2+6ψqnsinωt-φ3

The functions Eq. (16) in the Eq. (15) confirm just about their accessory to the quasilinear class.

The consideration of the Eq. (15) and Eq. (16) structure enables to carry out the preliminary analysis of the possible vibrating regimes in the studied system. The coordinate φ in the Eq. (15) linear group has the periodical coefficients with the frequency ω and it indicates about the parametric excitation existence. Simultaneously on both coordinates φ and ψ an exclusively forced oscillations regime arises with the frequency Ω and, thus, the structure is not free from the classical resonances by the natural and forced oscillations frequencies coincidence of the flexible physical pendulum. At the expressions Eq. (16) immediate examination it is easy to be convinced, that in them many nonlinear terms are also characterized by periodical coefficients with frequencies ω and Ω. It will be necessary to determine these terms effect in the functions F1 andF2 in an origin of either qualitatively new, or traditional vibrational regimes for studied model. Taking into account the told considerations, to the derived Eq. (15) integration and parametric analysis will be devoted a separate paper.

3. Conclusions

The obtained non-linear equations of motion allow to explore different types of hazardous vibrations for different modes of excitation, not previously studied in relation to the flexible pendulum systems. This applies in particular to forms of both the parametric resonance and the resonance in the mode of purely forced vibrations. On the other hand, the application of considered model can be effective in studying vibrations of complex engineering structures such as for example hydraulic units of power plants, nuclear reactors, equipment for extracting isotopes out of liquids and gases, and others.


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07 September 2016
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Chaos, nonlinear dynamics and applications
flexible pendulum system
periodical excitation
nonlinear motion equations
parametric excitation