Chaos in Impact Oscillators not in Vain: Dynamics of New Mass Excited Oscillator

Dimitri Costa, Vahid Vaziri, Marcin Kapitaniak, Stephane Kovacs, Ekaterina Pavlovskaia* (Corresponding Author), Marcelo A. Savi, Marian Wiercigroch

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This work explores complex dynamics of a new mass excited impact oscillator reported in Wiercigroch et al. (Nonlinear Dyn 99:323–339, 2020) both experimentally and numerically in the context of development of chaos theory and its applications. The parameters of the rig were characterised and are presented in the paper. To improve quality of the recorded phase portraits, a new technique for processing of the experimental data allowing to reduce the influence of noise and to obtain clear orbits especially for higher periods is proposed. A comparison with the previous studies on the base excited impact oscillator confirms that the rig is much more accurate as well as it has capability to generate a wide range of excitation patterns. It is demonstrated that a precise control of the excitation is achieved by changing the coil current. It is also shown that the rig is able to capture co-existent attractors and multi-stability by reproducing various predicted numerical responses, which has not been possible before. The results obtained using a simple impact oscillator model are in a good agreement with the experimental results, which indicates that the rig can be used for further fundamental studies of impact phenomena including grazing. It can also serve as a tool to study nonlinear control including bifurcation control and control of co-existing orbits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-861
Number of pages27
JournalNonlinear Dynamics
Early online date12 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • Bifurcations
  • Chaos
  • Experimental Study
  • Impact Oscillator
  • Signal Processing
  • BEAM


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