Space-time numerical simulation and validation of analytical predictions for nonlinear forced dynamics of suspended cables

Narakorn Srinil, Giuseppe Rega

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This paper presents space-time numerical simulation and validation of analytical predictions for the finite-amplitude forced dynamics of suspended cables. The main goal is to complement analytical and numerical solutions, accomplishing overall quantitative/qualitative comparisons of nonlinear response characteristics. By relying on an approximate, kinematically non-condensed, planar modeling, a simply supported horizontal cable subject to a primary external resonance and a 1:1, or 1:1 vs. 2:1, internal resonance is analyzed. To obtain analytical solution, a second-order multiple scales approach is applied to a complete eigenfunction-based series of nonlinear ordinary-differential equations of cable damped forced motion. Accounting for both quadratic/cubic geometric nonlinearities and multiple modal contributions, local scenarios of cable uncoupled/coupled responses and associated stability are predicted, based on chosen reduced-order models. As a cross-checking tool, numerical simulation of the associated nonlinear partial-differential equations describing the dynamics of the actual infinite-dimensional system is carried out using a finite difference technique employing a hybrid explicit-implicit integration scheme. Based on system control parameters and initial conditions, cable amplitude, displacement and tension responses are numerically assessed, thoroughly validating the analytically predicted solutions as regards the actual existence, the meaningful role and the predominating internal resonance of coexisting/competing dynamics. Some methodological aspects are noticed, along with a discussion on the kinematically approximate versus exact, as well as planar versus non-planar, cable modeling.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-413
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Sound and Vibration
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2008


  • suspended cable
  • direct numerical simulation
  • analytical prediction
  • reduced-order model
  • internal resonance
  • nonlinear forced vibration


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