Journal of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics

54, 4, pp. 1219-1230, Warsaw 2016
DOI: 10.15632/jtam-pl.54.4.1219

Homotopy analysis of a forced nonlinear beam model with quadratic and cubic nonlinearities

Shahram Shahlaei-Far, Airton Nabarrete, Jose Manoel Balthazar
This study investigates forced nonlinear vibrations of a simply supported Euler-Bernoulli beam on a nonlinear elastic foundation with quadratic and cubic nonlinearities. Applying the homotopy analysis method (HAM) to the spatially discretized governing equation, we derive novel analytical solutions and discuss their convergence to present nonlinear frequency responses with varying contributions of the nonlinearity coefficients. A comparison with numerical solutions is conducted and nonlinear time responses and phase planes are compared to the results from linear beam theory. The study demonstrates that apart from nonlinear problems of free vibrations, HAM is equally capable of solving strongly nonlinear problems of forced vibrations.
Keywords: forced nonlinear vibration, HAM, quadratic and cubic nonlinearities, Galerkin method