Review of Response and Damage of Linear and Nonlinear Systems under Multiaxial Vibration

Ed Habtour*, William (Skip) Connon, Michael F. Pohland, Samuel C. Stanton, Mark Paulus, Abhijit Dasgupta

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A review of past and recent developments in multiaxial excitation of linear and nonlinear structures is presented. The objective is to review some of the basic approaches used in the analytical and experimental methods for kinematic and dynamic analysis of flexible mechanical systems, and to identify future directions in this research area. In addition, comparison between uniaxial and multiaxial excitations and their impact on a structure’s life-cycles is provided. The importance of understanding failure mechanisms in complex structures has led to the development of a vast range of theoretical, numerical, and experimental techniques to address complex dynamical effects. Therefore, it is imperative to identify the failure mechanisms of structures through experimental and virtual failure assessment based on correctly identified dynamic loads. For that reason, techniques for mapping the dynamic loads to fatigue were provided. Future research areas in structural dynamics due to multiaxial excitation are identified as (i) effect of dynamic couplings, (ii) modal interaction, (iii) modal identification and experimental methods for flexible structures, and (iv) computational models for large deformation in response to multiaxial excitation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number294271
JournalShock and Vibration
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • nonlinear dynamics
  • Vibration
  • Structural dynamics
  • Fatigue
  • Reliability
  • Multiaxial


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