Periodic Solutions of Duffing-Type Oscillators Using Continuous Piecewise Linearization Method

Akuro Big-Alabo


A new analytic algorithm called ‘continuous piecewise linearization method’ (CPLM) is developed to obtain periodic solutions of freely vibrating Duffing-type oscillators. This simple analytic algorithm is based on continuous piecewise linearization of the nonlinear stiffness with respect to displacement and was shown to produce very accurate results for few iterations. The algorithm is valid for Duffing-type oscillators possessing strong nonlinearity and/or undergoing large-amplitude oscillations. Studies conducted on Duffing oscillators with cubic, cubic-quintic and trigonometric sine stiffness nonlinearities showed that the CPLM results match standard numerical solutions and is more accurate than the popular energy balance method (EBM). Additionally, the present analysis shows that the CPLM is capable of predicting the quasi-linear behaviour observed in the oscillation history of Duffing-type oscillators with strongly nonlinearity and/or large-amplitude oscillations. This quasi-linear behaviour cannot be predicted by the EBM to which the CPLM is compared.

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Mechanical Engineering Research   ISSN 1927-0607 (Print)   ISSN 1927-0615 (Online)   Email:

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