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Introduction to Experimental Nonlinear Dynamics: A Case Study in Mechanical Vibration (Paperback)

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Nonlinear behavior can be found in such highly disparate areas as population biology and aircraft wing flutter. For this reason, nonlinear dynamics and chaos have become very active fields of research. This work uses an extended case study--an experiment in mechanical vibration--to introduce and explore the subject of nonlinear behavior and chaos from an engineering perspective. After a review of basic principles, the text then describes a cart-on-a-track oscillator and shows what happens when it is gradually subjected to greater excitation, thereby encountering the full spectrum of nonlinear behavior, from simple free decay to chaos. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students, as well as practicing engineers, will find this book a lively, accessible introduction to the subject.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780521779319
ISBN-10: 0521779316
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: March 28th, 2000
Pages: 274
Language: English