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Stabilization of Driven Pendulum with Periodic Linear Forces
Abstract
Using Kapitza method of averaging for arbitrary periodic forces, the pendulum driven by different forms of periodic piecewise linear forces is stabilized. These periodic piecewise linear forces are selected in the range to establish an exact comparison with harmonic forces. In this contest, the rectangular force was found to be the best, but this force is more effective when it has a timedependent structure. This timedependent structure is found by defining a parametric control on some other periodic piecewise linear forces.
1. Introduction
A pendulum with fixed suspension has only one stable point, while a pendulum whose suspension has fast oscillation can have more stable points (can oscillate). Such phenomena were first studied by Stephenson in 1908 [1–3]. In 1951, Kapitza presented this problem in a different way [4], socalled Kapitza pendulum. In 1960,Landau et al. studied the stability of such a system driven by harmonic force [5]. Then, its rapid growing applications started such as trapping of particles by laser [6–8], control of robotic devices [9, 10], effect on price equilibrium [11], and control by lasers in cybernetics [12].
Next in place of harmonic force Ahmad and Borisenok (2009) used periodic kicking forces, modifying Kapitza method for arbitrary periodic forces [13]. Also, Ahmad used symmetric forces and stabilized the system with comparatively low frequency of fast oscillation [14].
2. Kapitza Method for Arbitrary Periodic Forces
A classical particle of mass is moving in timeindependent potential field and a fast oscillating control field. For simplicity, consider onedimensional motion. Then, the force due to timeindependent potential is and a periodic fast oscillating force with zero mean in Fourier series is This fast oscillation has frequency . Here, is the frequency of motion due to . The mean value of a function is denoted by bar and is defined as Also, the Fourier coefficient is From (3) and (4), it follows that In (2), and are the Fourier coefficients given as Due to (1) and (2), the equation of motion is Here at a time two motions are observed: one along a smooth path due to and the other small oscillations due to . So the path can be written as (see Figure 1). Here, represents small oscillations.
By averaging procedure, the effective potential energy function is [13]
The pendulum driven by a periodic force is stabilized by minimizing (8). These forces are chosen in the range to establish an exact comparison with harmonic forces. Next, an parametric control is developed with one of the driving forces and has better results.
3. The Pendulum Driven by Harmonic Force
Consider a pendulum whose point of support oscillates horizontally (see Figure 3), under the influence of harmonic force (Kapitza pendulum). The harmonic force is (see Figure 2) and the fast oscillating force is with the meaning , which follows from the Fourier coefficient , for (9). The other Fourier coefficients are given by using (6): Then, the forces acting on the particle are and the effective potential energy is obtained by using (8): The stable equilibrium is found by minimizing (13). has the extrema at .(i)The downward point is stable if .(ii)Vertically upward point is not stable.(iii)The point given by is stable if [5].These stable points are illustrated in Figure 4.
4. The Pendulum Driven by Periodic Piecewise Linear Forces
The goal is to stabilize the pendulum with low frequency as compared to harmonic force. Next, this harmonic force is replaced with some periodic piecewise linear forces within the range of harmonic force. These periodic piecewise linear forces are periodical: . For horizontal modulation, the force acting on the particle is
4.1. Triangular Type Force
First of all introduce the triangular type force (see Figure 5) given by For (15), the Fourier coefficient indicates . The Fourier expansion of (14) is With the effective potential energy is which has extrema at . Minimization of shows that(i)the downward point is stable if ,(ii)vertically upward point is not stable,(iii)the point given by is stable if .From (iii), it is observed that, at nontrivial position, the oscillator is stabilized with higher frequency as compared to harmonic force [13].
Hence, this force is less effective than sin or costype force. So, this force is replaced by some other periodic piecewise linear forces.
4.2. Hat Type Force
Now if sine function is traced by linear pulses (see Figure 6), defined by (19) Next if the sine force is traced by a linear force forming a hat (see Figure 6), defined by (19). For horizontal modulation, the oscillating force is Then, by Fourier expansion in place of (19), Using the above coefficients, the oscillating force acting on the particle is and the effective potential energy is which has extrema at . Here,(i)the position is stable if ,(ii)the inverse position is not stable,(iii)the position is stable if .Again a less effective result is obtained. So this periodic piecewise linear force is replaced by another one.
4.3. Trapezium Type Force
If the sine force is traced by a linear shape forming a trapezium (see Figure 7), given by (24)with . For horizontal modulation, the force acting on the particle is Then, by Fourier expansion in the place of (24), Using the above coefficients, the oscillating force is and the effective potential energy is which has extrema at . Here,(i)the point is stable if ,(ii)the point is not stable,(iii)the point given by is stable if .From (iii), it is observed that, at nontrivial position, the oscillator is stabilized with lower frequency as compared to harmonic force. So this type of force is much effective than sin or costype force. Next, modify this trapezium shape force to have a better result.
4.4. Quadratic Type Force
If slopes are removed in the beginning and at the end from it and define a quadratic type force: (see Figure 8), given by (29)with the same property . For horizontal modulation, the oscillating force is The Fourier expansion of (30) is and the effective potential energy is which has extrema at . Here,(i)the position is stable if ,(ii)the position is not stable,(iii)the position is stable if .Again the frequency of oscillation is lower at nontrivial position.
4.5. Rectangular Type Force
Now if we introduce rectangular type force: (see Figure 9), given by (33)with the same property . For horizontal modulation, the force acting on the particle is and its Fourier expansion is the effective potential energy is which has extrema at . Here,(i)the point is stable if ,(ii)the point is not stable,(iii)the point is stable if [13, 14].From (iii), it is observed that, at nontrivial position with the help of this type of external force, the frequency of oscillation has become much lower. At nontrivial position, the above results are summarized in Table 1. From these results, it is also observed that, as the area under the curve increases, the frequency of oscillation decreases, at nontrivial position. The triangular type force has minimum area and so has maximum frequency, while rectangular type force has maximum area and has minimum frequency.

5. Vertical Modulation
For vertical modulation with harmonic force (see Figure 10), the fast oscillating force is
Here, the position is always stable, and the inverse point is stable if (see Figure 11) [5].
Using external periodic piecewise linear forces, (37) takes the form where is the external periodic piecewise linear forces. The stability results at are summarized in Table 2.

6. Parametric Control
All the above results can be considered as nonparametric control. Next, an parametric control is defined for one of the periodic piecewise linear forces. At nontrivial position, the frequency of oscillation is calculated. This parametric force with is given by (similar to external force (29)) and illustrated in Figure 12.
The Fourier coefficient indicates . For horizontal modulation, the oscillating force acting on the particle is With (39), the Fourier coefficients are and the oscillating force in fourier expansion is The effective potential energy is where which has extremum at .
The stability of the system is discussed under the force with different values of . See Figure 13. First of all consider ; the infinite sum is and the effective potential energy is The nontrivial position is stable under the condition . This value is larger than the above considered examples, such a poor result. Next for , the infinite sum is , and the nontrivial position is stable if , such a better result. Also, it is found that, as decreases, the infinite sum increases and the system is stabilized with a relatively low frequency. For different values of , the results of infinite sum and the nontrivial position with stable condition are given in Table 3.

Also as , the term , and the position is stable under the condition which is lower than with rectangular type force. Hence, with parametric control, the rectangular type force is approached, and the system is stabilized with a relatively low frequency. The minimization of dimensionless effective potential energy function with horizontal modulation is shown in Figure 14 and with vertical modulation is shown in Figure 15.
(a) is minimum at if
(b) is minimum at if
(a) is always minimum at
(b) is minimum at if
Here, the same effect is also observed; as decreases, the area under the curve increases, and the value of increases; consequently, the frequency of oscillation becomes low at nontrivial position. In this connection, an interesting result is obtained; when , the quadratic type force approaches the rectangular type force, so at nontrivial position the frequency of oscillation should be almost the same, but, with parametric force, the frequency of oscillation is low.Observe from Table 3, the rectangular force fall between and , more clearly, the parametric force with , gives the frequency of oscillation almost equals with rectangular type force, hence comparatively less area shows low frequency at nontrivial position.
7. Conclusions
Using Kapitza method of averaging for an arbitrary periodic force, the modulated pendulum with periodic piecewise linear force is stabilized with frequency that is sufficiently lesser than that in the case of harmonic modulation. In this contest, rectangular force was found to be the best. But this force is more effective when it has a timedependent structure. This timedependent structure is found by defining a parametric control on some other periodic piecewise linear forces. Hence, a more suitable form of rectangular force is found.
The parametric control can be applied to control the nontrivial stable position, for horizontally or vertically modulated pendulum.
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