Efficient simulation method for nonlinear structures: methodology and stability consideration
Paper in proceedings, 2014

In general, simulating the nonlinear behavior of systems needs a lot of computational effort. Since researchers in different fields are increasingly targeting nonlinear systems, attempts toward fast nonlinear simulation have attracted much interest in recent years. Examples of such fields are system identification and system reliability. In addition to efficiency, the algorithmic stability and accuracy need to be addressed in the development of new simulation procedures. In this paper, we propose a method to treat localized nonlinearity in a structure in an efficient and accurate way. The method is conditionally stable. The system will be separated by a linearized part and a nonlinear part that is considered as external pseudo forces that act on the linearized system. The response of the system is obtained by iterations in which the pseudo forces are updated. Since the method is presented in linear state space model form, all manipulations that are made on these, like similarity transformations and model reduction, can easily be exploited. To do numerical integration, time-stepping schemes like the triangular hold interpolation can be used to the advantage. To increase the accuracy and stability of the method, second-order hold equivalent is derived and implemented. We demonstrate the efficiency, stability and accuracy of the method on numerical examples.

Nonlinear structure

Efficient simulation



Vahid Yaghoubi Nasrabadi


Majid Khorsand Vakilzadeh


Thomas Abrahamsson


9th International Conference on Structural Dynamics (EURODYN), Porto, PORTUGAL, JUN 30-JUL 02, 2014

2311-9020 (ISSN)


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Civil Engineering



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