Controlling angular oscillations through mass reconfiguration: a variable length pendulum case. (English) Zbl 1117.74309

Summary: The control of angular oscillations or energy of a system through mass reconfiguration is examined using a variable length pendulum. Control is accomplished by sliding the end mass towards and away from the pivot as the pendulum oscillates. The resulting attenuation or amplification of angular oscillations are explained using the Coriolis inertia force and by examining the energy variation during oscillation cycle. Simple rules relating the sliding motion to angular oscillations are proposed and assessed using numerical simulations. An equivalent viscous damping ratio is introduced to quantify the attenuation/amplification phenomena. Sliding motion profiles for achieving attenuation have been simulated with the results being discussed in detail.


74Q05 Homogenization in equilibrium problems of solid mechanics
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