Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaotic Motions in Feedback Controlled Elastic Systems.
Annual rept. 1 Dec 83-30 Nov 84,
CORNELL UNIV ITHACA NY
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Local and global bifurcation studies of nonlinear systems subject to linear and nonlinear feedback forces have been completed which have application to robotic devices or controlled elastic structures. Related to these studies has been the application of mathematical knot theory to trace certain bifurcation sequences for two-dimensional maps. This work has led to the conclusion that many other routes to chaos in dynamical systems exist besides period doubling when the map is two-dimensional. The use of computer algebra MACSYMA has been developed as a tool to study nonlinear systems. In one application the investigators explored a new control scheme for flexible space structures based on controlling the stiffness matrix. MACSYMA was used along with normal form theory to predict the stability properties of a stiffness controlled systems. Other studies using MACSYMA related to problems in robotic dynamics were also completed or started. Finally, experimental work was completed involving the application of mathematics to chaotic motion of flexible structures.
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