Nonlinear response of the mass-spring model with nonsmooth stiffness

Grzegorz Litak, Jesús M. Seoane, Samuel Zambrano, Miguel A F SanjuÁn

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In this paper, we study the nonlinear response of the nonlinear mass-spring model with nonsmooth stiffness. For this purpose, we take as prototype model, a system that consists of the double-well smooth potential with an additional spring component acting on the system only for large enough displacement. We focus our study on the analysis of the homoclinic orbits for such nonlinear potential for which we observe the appearance of chaotic motion in the presence of damping effects and an external harmonic force, analyzing the crucial role of the linear spring in the dynamics of our system. The results are shown by using both the Melnikov analysis and numerical simulations. We expect our work to have implications on problems concerning the suspension of vehicles, among others.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1250006
JournalInternational Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • chaos
  • Melnikov criterion
  • Nonlinear oscillations
  • nonsmooth dynamical systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • General
  • Engineering(all)
  • Modelling and Simulation


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