Dynamics of a Flexible Beam With Active Nonlinear Magnetic Force

Chyuan Yow Tseng, Pi Cheng Tung

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A simply supported beam is controlled in a contactless manner by the attractive force of magnetic actuators that are controlled by feedback signals from displacement and velocity sensors to stabilize the levitation. The equations of motion for the single mode of a beam’s model are used to show that due to the realistic nonlinear terms existing in the magnetic force, the resulting third-order system exhibits codimensiontwo bifurcations in which a limit cycle and a heteroclinic orbit are created. Using the bifurcation analysis, it was determined how feedback gains influenced the behavior of transverse vibrations of the beam and the feedback gains producing stability were found. The largest region of attraction of those stable regions is showed to exist at certain feedback gain combination. The analytical approach based on the single mode simplification system was proven to be feasible via the numerical simulation of the governing nonlinear PDE. According to the results of the analysis, due to the nonlinear magnetic force, feedback gains for the system must be selected carefully

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-46
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vibration and Acoustics, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1998


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