Virtual-pulse time integral methodology: A new approach for computational dynamics. Part 2. Theory for nonlinear structural dynamics

Xiaoqin Chen, Kumar K Tamma, Desong Sha

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Abstract

The present paper describes the theoretical basis of a new explicit virtual-pulse time integral methodology for nonlinear dynamics problems. Different from the existing numerical methods such as direct time integration or mode superposition techniques, the proposed methodology offers new perspectives and methodology of development, and possesses several unique and attractive computational characteristics. The methodology is tested and compared with the implicit Newmark method (trapezoidal rule) through nonlinear softening and hardening spring dynamic models. The numerical results indicate that the proposed virtual-pulse time integral methodology has improved accuracy and stability characteristics, and is thus an excellent alternative for solving general nonlinear dynamic problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
JournalFinite elements in analysis and design
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1995

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