ON NONLINEAR STEADY-STATE SOLUTIONS TO MOVING LOAD PROBLEMS.
CALIFORNIA UNIV SAN DIEGO LA JOLLA DEPT OF THE AEROSPACE AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCES
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In certain moving load problems involving elastic solids or structures with an idealized infinite or semi-infinite spatial domain, steady-state solutions of the governing equations of motion are frequently sought as an alternative to a more complex transient analysis. In seeking a solution of this type the implication is, of course, that it represents the limit of a transient problem. While this appears to be generally true of well-posed linear elastic problems, the same cannot be said of nonlinear elastic formulations. To substantiate this point the case of an infinite length string supported by a nonlinear elastic foundation and subjected to a concentrated load moving with constant velocity is studied in this paper. It is shown that although the steady-state solution of the problem is unique for load velocities both above and below the signal velocity of the string, that above is locally unstable and therefore cannot represent the limit of transient motions. Author