Stability of Non-Linear Vibrations of Doubly Curved Shallow Shells

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Large amplitude (geometrically non-linear) vibrations of doubly curved shallow shells with rectangular boundary, simply supported at the four edges and subjected to harmonicexcitation normal to the surface in the spectral neighbourhood of the fundamental mode are subject of investigation in this paper. The first part of the study was presented by the authors in [M. Amabili et al. Nonlinear Vibrations of Doubly Curved Shallow Shells. Herald of Kazan Technological University, 2015, 18(6), 158-163, in Russian]. Two different non-linear strain-displacement relationships, from the Donnell’s and Novozhilov’s shell theories, are used to calculate the elastic strain energy. In-plane inertia and geometricimperfections are taken into account. The solution is obtained by Lagrangian approach. The non-linear equations of motion are studied by using (i) a code based on arclengthcontinuation method that allows bifurcation analysis and (ii) direct time integration. Numerical results are compared to those available in the literature and convergence of the solution is shown. Interaction of modes having integer ratio between their natural frequencies, giving rise to internal resonances, is discussed. Shell stability under dynamic load is also investigated by using continuation method, bifurcation diagram from direct time integration and calculation of the Lyapunov exponents and Lyapunov dimension. Interesting phenomena such as (i) snap-through instability, (ii) subharmonic response, (iii) period doubling bifurcations and (iv) chaotic behavior have been observed.

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R G Mukharlyamov

Peoples Friendship University of Russia


M Amabili

McGill University


R Garziera

University of Parma


K Sergeevna Riabova

University of Parma



Copyright (c) 2016 Мухарлямов Р.Г., Амабили М., Гарзиера Р., Рябова К.С.

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