In this article, the contact interaction of two geometrically non-linear beams with a small clearance is studied by employing various approximations of the kinematic beam models. Our investigation concerns two-case studies, i.e. when the upper beam is governed by the second order Timoshenko model (i) or by third order Pelekh-Sheremetev-Reddy-Levinson model (ii), whereas in both cases the lower beam is described by the kinematic (Bernoulli-Euler) model of the first approximation. The upper beam is subjected to the transversal, uniformly distributed harmonic load, whereas the beam interaction follows the classical Kantor's model. The problem is highly non-linear due to occurrence of the geometric von Kármán non-linearity and the contact interaction between beams (structural non-linearity). The governing PDEs are reduced to ODEs by the method of finite differences (FDM) of the second order. The obtained ODEs are solved by a few Runge-Kutta type methods of different orders. Results of convergence versus the number of partition points along the spatial co-ordinate and time steps are investigated. New non-linear phenomena of the studied structural package are detected, illustrated and discussed with emphasis on the “true” chaotic vibrations. In particular, three qualitatively different algorithms for computation of largest Lyapunov exponents are employed, and the differences between geometrically linear versus non-linear problems are reported.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Signal Processing
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Computer Science Applications