Instability of vibrations of a moving two-mass oscillator on a flexibly supported Timoshenko beam
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Transversal vibrations of a uniformly moving two-mass oscillator on a Timoshenko beam of infinite length supported by a viscoelastic foundation are studied. By using integral transforms, the characteristic equation for the oscillator's vibrations is obtained. It is shown that the equation may have a root with a positive real part. The existence of such a root leads to the exponential increase of the amplitude of the oscillator vibrations, i.e. to instability. The reasons for the instability to occur are discussed. By employing the method of D-decomposition, the instability domains are found in the space of the system parameters.
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