IUTAM Symposium on New Applications of Nonlinear and Chaotic Dynamics in Mechanics

Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium held in Ithaca, NY, U.S.A., 27 July–1 August 1997

  • Francis C. Moon

Part of the Solid Mechanics and its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 63)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Analysis Tools, Bifurcation Theory

  3. Elastica, Cables and Shell Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. J. M. T. Thompson, G. H. M. Van Der Heijden
      Pages 127-138
    3. Philip Holmes, John Schmitt, Gabor Domokos
      Pages 149-158

About these proceedings


It is two decades since Mitchell Feigenbaum's landmark papers on period doubling and the modern beginnings of what is now called "Chaos Theory". From the very beginning, mechanics has been a central focus for modem nonlinear dynamical systems. Fluid, structural, machine and rigid body dynamics has been a fertile field for nonlinear phenomena and chaos in particular. Early experimental evidence for chaotic phenomena in mechanics gave the new chaos theory a mark of credibility, importance, and relevance that its earlier sister field, catastrophe theory, did not achieve. The fact that mechanics straddles both physics and engineering also meant that mechanics became a pathway for direct application of chaos theory to applied problems. So what is new in nonlinear dynamics and mechanics today? First the scope of applications in solid mechanics has broadened to cover material processing, inelasticity and fracture mechanics. In rigid body dynamics, more complex systems such as vehicles, robotics and controlled machines have come into the purview of nonlinear dynamicists. On the mathematics side of nonlinear dynamics, it is now recognized that spatio-temporal problems, hysteretic and time delay problems are the new frontiers in this field. Also the term "complexity" has been added to the lexicon of chaos theory to describe the dynamics of many interacting sub systems which can exhibit self organization and evolution. Complexity analysis has gained a foothold in biological and some social sciences as well in fluid and chemical physics.


bifurcation theory chaos mechanics nonlinear dynamics solids vehicle dynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Francis C. Moon
    • 1
  1. 1.College of EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-5320-1
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6235-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5320-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-0042
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