, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 85–97 | Cite as

Modelling of Ground Moling Dynamics by an Impact Oscillator with a Frictional Slider

  • Ekaterina Pavlovskaia
  • Marian Wiercigroch
  • Ko-Choong Woo
  • Albert A. Rodger


This paper describes current research into the mathematical modelling of a vibro-impact ground moling system. Due to the structural complexity of such systems, in the first instance the dynamic response of an idealised impact oscillator is investigated. The model is comprised of an harmonically excited mass simulating the penetrating part of the mole and a visco-elastic slider, which represents the soil resistance. The model has been mathematically formulated and the equations of motion have been developed. A typical nonlinear dynamic analysis reveals a complex behaviour ranging from periodic to chaotic motion. It was found out that the maximum progression coincides with the end of the periodic regime.

Ground moling Impact oscillator Friction Nonlinear dynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ekaterina Pavlovskaia
    • 1
  • Marian Wiercigroch
    • 1
  • Ko-Choong Woo
    • 1
  • Albert A. Rodger
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Applied Dynamics Research, Department of EngineeringUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenScotland, U.K

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