Dynamics of Asymmetric Nonconservative Systems

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D. J. Inman

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y. 14260

J. Appl. Mech 50(1), 199-203 (Mar 01, 1983) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3166991 History: Received March 01, 1982; Online July 21, 2009


This work examines a linear, asymmetric lumped parameter system. Results on the qualitative behavior of a certain subclass of such systems are presented. In particular, necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a linear transformation that transforms an asymmetric system into an equivalent symmetric system are derived. Results on the stability and instability of such systems are presented and stated in terms of the original asymmetric system’s coefficient matrices. This work is compared with that of other authors and numerical examples illustrating the utility and correctness of the results are presented.

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