Response of Secondary Structures in Stochastic Systems with Impacts
Forced systems with impacts upon one- or two-sided rigid stops are commonly encountered in engineering. Examples include forced mechanical systems with clearances such as heat exchangers tubes under aerodynamic excitation (Whiston, 1987) as well as examples from offshore engineering such as the articulated mooring tower (Thompson, 1984) or moored ships on ocean waves (Thompson, 1986). Although environmental loading is of substantially stochastic nature, these models were considered as periodically forced systems.
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