New modified multi-level residue harmonic balance method for solving nonlinearly vibrating double-beam problem

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-327
Journal / PublicationJournal of Sound and Vibration
Online published28 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2017


In this study, a new modified multi-level residue harmonic balance method is presented and adopted to investigate the forced nonlinear vibrations of axially loaded double beams. Although numerous nonlinear beam or linear double-beam problems have been tackled and solved, there have been few studies of this nonlinear double-beam problem. The geometric nonlinear formulations for a double-beam model are developed. The main advantage of the proposed method is that a set of decoupled nonlinear algebraic equations is generated at each solution level. This heavily reduces the computational effort compared with solving the coupled nonlinear algebraic equations generated in the classical harmonic balance method. The proposed method can generate the higher-level nonlinear solutions that are neglected by the previous modified harmonic balance method. The results from the proposed method agree reasonably well with those from the classical harmonic balance method. The effects of damping, axial force, and excitation magnitude on the nonlinear vibrational behaviour are examined.

Research Area(s)

  • Double beam, Harmonic balance, Large amplitude forced vibration, Nonlinear dynamics