Generalized Hypergeometric Function Solutions on the Transverse Vibration of a Class of Nonuniform Beams

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Han-Chung Wang

Systems Development Division, IBM, Endicott, N. Y.

J. Appl. Mech 34(3), 702-708 (Sep 01, 1967) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3607764 History: Received August 08, 1966; Revised February 13, 1967; Online September 14, 2011


With simple beam theory, solutions of normal functions for transverse vibration of a tapered beam are obtained in terms of generalized hypergeometric functions by the method of Frobenius. For the beams considered, the cross-sectional area and the area moment of inertia vary along the beam according to any two arbitrary powers of the longitudinal coordinate. The frequency equation is formulated, and the numerical results for many different tapered cantilever beams are presented.

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