Stabilization of Unstable Equilibria in Bistable Structures
van Iderstein, Tyler
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Snap-through buckling provides an intricate force-displacement relationship for study. With the possibility for multiple limit points and pitchfork bifurcations and large regions of instability, experimental validation of numerical analysis can become difficult. This requires stabilization of unstable static equilibria, for which limited prior research exists. For all but the simplest cases, more than one actuator is needed, increasing the complexity of the experiment to the point of intractability without a control system. In this thesis, the necessary conditions for stabilization of a buckled beam with pinned boundaries under transverse loading were determined. By combining various nonlinear solution methods, a control system was created that could stabilize any branch of the force-displacement response. Experimental traversal of an unstable branch are presented along with other unstable static equilibrium configurations. The control system had numerical limitations, losing convergence near singular points. The groundwork for experimental stabilization was validated and demonstrated.
- Civil engineering