Analysis of internal resonance in a two-degree-of-freedom nonlinear dynamical system

Honghua Dai, Xuechuan Wang, Matt Schnoor, Satya N. Atluri

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This study is devoted to the analysis of the three-to-one internal resonance in a two degree-of-freedom system with cubic nonlinearity. Quasi-periodic motion is found to appear in the present system with internal resonance, while it does not show up in the case without internal resonance. Both the time domain collocation method and the harmonic balance method are applied to obtain the periodic solutions, and are compared with the benchmark solution of the numerical integration method. In contrast, the quasi-periodic solutions can only be captured via the numerical integration method. A combination of the phase plane portrait, Poincare map, and the frequency spectrum are employed to identify the quasi-periodic motions. A peculiar bifurcation-of-attraction-basin phenomenon is found and demonstrated. Moreover, for strongly nonlinear system subject to high external force, a long-lived chaotic transient is observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-191
Number of pages16
JournalCommunications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017


  • Bifurcation of attraction basin
  • Chaotic transient
  • Internal resonance
  • Time domain collocation method


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