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An experimental investigation of the nonlinear vibration of cylindrical shells


Kendall, Frank (1973) An experimental investigation of the nonlinear vibration of cylindrical shells. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology.


An experimental investigation of the nonlinear vibrations of cylindrical shells was undertaken. An aluminum shell was vibrated by means of an induction shaker. An optical device was used to obtain radial displacement measurements. Several modes of vibration were studied in detail. Various nonlinear effects were observed. These included nonlinearity in the driven mode frequency response curve, the participation of the companion mode, and the participation of axisymmetric response at twice the driven frequency. The experimental results indicated only a softening type nonlinearity. The response of the companion mode was significant in several of the modes studied and was of a more complex nature than was predicted by previous theoretical work.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Aeronautics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Babcock, Charles D. (advisor)
  • Sechler, Ernest Edwin (co-advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 September 1973
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Air Force Office of Scientific ResearchAFOSR 73-2447
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:09242010-083549862
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:6047
Deposited By: John Wade
Deposited On:24 Sep 2010 16:02
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 04:30

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