Reproducing the nonlinear dynamic behavior of a structured beam with a generalized continuum model Articles uri icon

publication date

  • April 2018

start page

  • 296

end page

  • 314


  • 420

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-460X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-8568


  • In this paper we study the coupled axial-transverse nonlinear vibrations of a kind of one dimensional structured solids by application of the so called Inertia Gradient Nonlinear continuum model. To show the accuracy of this axiomatic model, previously proposed by the authors, its predictions are compared with numeric results from a previously defined finite discrete chain of lumped masses and springs, for several number of particles. A continualization of the discrete model equations based on Taylor series allowed us to set equivalent values of the mechanical properties in both discrete and axiomatic continuum models. Contrary to the classical continuum model, the inertia gradient nonlinear continuum model used herein is able to capture scale effects, which arise for modes in which the wavelength is comparable to the characteristic distance of the structured solid. The main conclusion of the work is that the proposed generalized continuum model captures the scale effects in both linear and nonlinear regimes, reproducing the behavior of the 1D nonlinear discrete model adequately. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


  • Physics


  • scale effect; nonlinear vibration; finite deformation; discrete model; moderate rotations; nanotechnology