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Computational Mechanics

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 199-216

Chaotic oscillations in mechanical systems

  • E. H. DowellAffiliated withDuke University

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Abstract

Chaotic oscillations have now been observed in non-linear mechanical systems by analytical, numerical and experimental methods. Nevertheless a more fundamental understanding of why and when such oscillations occur is of great importance. This goal will be pursued here by considering the relationship between chaos induced by forced oscillations versus self-excited oscillations, the relationship of indeterminancy of the final equilibrium state in the initial value problem to chaos in the sustained oscillation problem, comparison of theory to physical experiment, necessary and sufficient conditions for chaos to occur, and the question of convergence of systems of modal ordinary differential equations which derive from partial differential equations.