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Nonlinear Oscillations of a Magneto Static Spring-Mass

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DOI: 10.4236/jemaa.2011.35022    3,546 Downloads   7,143 Views   Citations


The Duffing equation describes the oscillations of a damped nonlinear oscillator [1]. Its non-linearity is confined to a one coordinate-dependent cubic term. Its applications describing a mechanical system is limited e.g. oscillations of a theoretical weightless-spring. We propose generalizing the mathematical features of the Duffing equation by including in addition to the cubic term unlimited number of odd powers of coordinate-dependent terms. The proposed generalization describes a true mass-less magneto static-spring capable of performing highly non-linear oscillations. The equation describing the motion is a super non-linear ODE. Utilizing Mathematica [2] we solve the equation numerically displaying its time series. We investigate the impact of the proposed generalization on a handful of kinematic quantities. For a comprehensive understanding utilizing Mathematica animation we bring to life the non-linear oscillations.

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H. Sarafian, "Nonlinear Oscillations of a Magneto Static Spring-Mass," Journal of Electromagnetic Analysis and Applications, Vol. 3 No. 5, 2011, pp. 133-139. doi: 10.4236/jemaa.2011.35022.


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[5] J. D. Jackson, “Classical Electrodynamics,” 3rd Edition, Wiley, Hoboken, 2005.
[6] H. Sarafian, “Dynamic Dipole-Dipole Magnetic Interaction and Damped Nonlinear Oscillations,” Journal of Electromagnetic Analysis & Applications (JEMAA), Vol. 1, No. 4, 2009, pp. 195-204.

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