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Response of a Shape Memory Alloy Beam Model under Narrow Band Noise Excitation
To describe the hysteretic nonlinear characteristic of the strain-stress relation of shape memory alloy (SMA), a Van-der-Pol hysteretic cycle is applied to simulate the hysteretic loops. Then, the model of a simply supported SMA beam subject to transverse narrow band noise excitation with nonlinear damping was proposed. The deterministic and the stochastic responses are studied, respectively, applying the multiple scale method. The stability of the steady state responses is analyzed by Floquet theory and the moment method. The numerical simulation results quite agree with the theoretical analysis.
Shape memory alloy (SMA) is a kind of smart materials and is applied in the engineering field widely. There are various mechanical models of SMA proposed in recent decades [1–3]. Most of them are based on thermodynamics theory and micromechanics theory. However, those mechanical models of SMA are mostly shown as equations with subsection function which are hard to be analyzed. Furthermore, SMA beams are widely used in mechanical engineering as sensors and actors. It is of great importance to study the vibrating character of the SMA beam. In the recent decades, some impressive works have been done on the nonlinear vibrating of the SMA beam [4–9]. Many interesting phenomena such as bifurcation, period doubling, jumping, and chaos can be observed. Anyway, the studies mentioned above are all about deterministic excitations. Stochastic excitations widely exist in engineering applications, such as wind loads and seismic waves. By now, few has been done to explore the dynamical responses induced by stochastic excitation. For instance, Yan and Nie  studied a SMA superelastic subjected to stationary random excitations.
In this paper, we focus on a SMA beam under narrow band noise excitation. Narrow band noise is a harmonic function with constant amplitude and random frequency, which is a reasonable model for the random excitation or response to engineering systems compared with the harmonic excitations. In Section 2, a Van-der-Pol hysteretic cycle is applied to simulate the hysteretic character of SMA based on the experimental data, and the Galerkin method is used to obtain the one-degree-freedom ordinary differential equation governing the motion of a simply supported SMA beam. Then the multiple scale method is applied to simplify the original function and get the stationary state response in Section 3. Furthermore, in Section 4, the Ito-type stochastic differential equation is obtained by linearization, and the responses and stability of both the noise-free system and the noise included system are studied using Floquet theory and the moment method. Finally, the numerical simulation is carried out to prove the theoretical analysis.
2. Modeling of the SMA Beam
The experimental hysteretic nonlinearity strain-stress curve of SMA  is shown in Figure 1. The length of the Ti-Ni SMA specimens is 14 cm, the diameter of the specimens is 1.94 mm, and transformation temperature is −10°C. The experimental equipment is Instron 8501 plus type fatigue testing machine. The testing temperature is set at 25°C, the exciting frequency is set as 1 Hz, and the cycle number is set as 40. According to , it is clear that when the cycle number is limited, the shape of the hysteretic loop does not change much, even the exciting frequency is different. As we know, the SMA is usually used as damper in some structure, for example, aseismic structure. In fact, the effective imposing time of aseismic structure is less than 20 seconds, so the number of the hysteretic loops is limited. Then we can assume that the shape of the hysteretic loop remains unchanged.
Now, Van-der-Pol hysteretic cycle model was introduced to describe the hysteretic characteristic of SMA. Before the numerical simulation, some assumptions must be given. Firstly, because the difference of the curves is small when the cycle number is limited, we take the average stress value as the final experimental data (see in Figure 2). Secondly, the residual strain is obviously small, so it could be ignored for convenience. Thirdly, considering that the bending deformation is small in most working conditions, the tensile-compression asymmetry of SMA behavior is also ignored. In short, in this paper we focus on the method of simulating the hysteretic loop. The initial Van-der-Pol hysteretic cycle model describes hysteretic cycle which is symmetrical about the initial point (0, 0). Since the curve is obtained by isostrain rate tensile test, we define a parameter as loading rate, which is chosen as 1 while loading (−1 as unloading). This parameter just has mathematical meaning. Then the model can be shown as follows: where is skeleton curve of hysteretic cycle and and are coefficients. The parameters and are used to change the shape of the hysteretic loop. Supposing the strain-stress curve of SMA is symmetrical about the point (), one may substitute and into (1). Considering the residual strain of SMA should be avoided in simulation,that is, when , there is . Then the final expression of the stress-stain relation of SMA is where , , , , and .
Then the strain-stress curve of SMA obtained by numerical fitting can be shown in Figure 2.
One hinged-hinged SMA beam is shown in Figure 3 with thickness , length , and width . The axial force may be expressed in the form . The transverse narrow band noise excitation is in the form . Here, only the first vibration mode is considered, as we think it will have enough accuracy for most engineering applications. is in the form of , where denotes the center frequency, denotes the standard Wiener process, and denotes the small strength of the .
Considering the boundary conditions at , , and at , , , the transverse deflection is expressed as , where is the amplitude. Consider the small geometrical deformation condition .
The bending moment is presented as where and .
The dynamical motion equation  is expressed as where is the linear damping coefficient, is the density of the SMA, and is the area of the cross-section of the beam. Substituting (2) and (3) into (4) and applying the Galerkin approach, one obtains a differential equation of motion governing the deflection of a beam as follows: Considering , , , , and , it is easy to know that
3. Multiple Scale Method
A uniformly approximate solution of (2) is sought in the form where , are fast and slow scale, respectively.
In this paper only the first-order uniform expansion of the solution is discussed. By denoting and , the ordinary-time derivatives can be transformed into partial derivatives as Substituting (8) and (9) into (2) and comparing coefficients of with equal powers, one obtains the following equations: The general solution of (10) can be expressed as where the cc is the complex conjugate of its preceding terms and is the slowly varying amplitude of the response. Substituting (9) and (11) into (10), one obtains where the over bar stands for the complex conjugate, . For the Wiener process , , , where denotes the expectation, one has In this paper we focus on the primary resonances of the system (2). Introducing the detuning parameter as , one has Using (14) and eliminating the secular terms of (12) yield Expressing into the polar form Substituting (16) into (15) and separating the real and imaginary parts of (15), one obtains where and (17) is the first-order equation governing the modulation of the amplitude and phase.
The steady state response is decided by where and denote the steady amplitude and phase.
4. Responses and Stability
Then the Floquet theory is applied to investigate the stability of the steady state response by linearization. Assuming , where are the small perturbation terms, substituting the above equations into (17), and ignoring the high order terms, the linearization equation (20) is expressed as Substituting (18) into (19) yields the Ito-type stochastic equation: where denotes the standard Gauss white noise.
4.1. Noise-Free Condition
Obviously, in some proper parametrical conditions, there are multiple solutions coexisting of (21). Some of them are stable and the others are unstable. It is necessary to know how the system's parameters influence the numbers of the solution. The singularity theory  is applied to study the condition for multisolutions of (21). Choosing (21) as the bifurcation function and detuning parameter amplitude as universal unfolding parameters, the Hysteresis point set is given by which yields When the parameter is increased across the line expressed by (23) for a set of given other parameters, the number of the solutions of (21) bifurcates from one to three.
For the triple-solution condition, it is necessary to know the stable conditions for the steady state solutions. The Jacoby matrix is a usually used way to judge the stability, which is expressed as follows:
The characteristic equation can be expressed as where The roots of (25) are Obviously, the stable condition of the system (19) without noise is (condition 1), which means that the solution is realizable by numerical simulation. And the condition for existing complex roots is (condition 2), which means that there exist periodical vibrations.
In this paper, the parameters are chosen as , , , , and . By function (23), one knows that if the detuning parameter is larger than 0.193, the number of steady state solutions bifurcates from one to three. In Figure 4(a), one can observe clearly that when is chosen as 0.22, there are three steady state solutions coexisting. The largest one denoted as and the smallest one denoted as are stable sinks, while the middle one denoted as is unstable saddle. In Figure 4(b), when is chosen as 0.18, there is only steady state solution which is a stable sink in the phase plane.
The numerical simulation is carried out to prove the theoretical analysis. In Figure 5, the black dots are numerical solutions and the black line is the theoretical solution given by (21). The red shadow region is obtained by (condition 1), which means that, in this region, the unstable solution cannot be obtained by simulation. While the red line decided by (condition 2) illustrates that there are no periodical solutions between the two red lines, one can find that the theoretical analysis quite agrees with the numerical solutions.
When there are two stable steady state solutions coexisting, one of them has bigger amplitude than the other. Which kind of amplitude the system will act is decided by the initial conditions. In Figure 6, the -axes mean the nondimensional displacement of the beam, the -axes mean the nondimensional velocity, then the domain of attraction is obtained by simulation, and the black region is the set of initial points leading to large amplitude, while the white region is the domain of attraction for small amplitude.
4.2. Noise Included Condition
For the noise included condition, that is, , the steady state response given by (18) is needed to study its stochastic response. The moment method [13–15] is an effective way to obtain the steady state moments . It is obvious that .
Tracking expectation on both sides of (20), one obtains Similarly, we have . Applying Ito's rule of stochastic differentiation, one obtains The solutions of (29) are Combining (28) and (30), one obtains Form (30) it is easy to see that, for , , there must be and . One finds that the existing condition for second-order moment is the same as the stability condition for the first-order moment. By the method proposed by Zhu , the numerical simulation is carried out with small noise density . When , the results are shown in Figures 7 and 8. For comparison, the noise-free condition is also given in Figure 7. The initial points chosen as can lead to the phase portraits as Figures 7(a) and 7(b). For the noise-free condition, the phase portrait is a limit cycle (see Figure 7(a)), while, for the noise included system, the limit cycle is a diffused one (see Figure 7(b)).
Figure 8 shows the frequency response with noise of this system. Obviously, with small enough , the theoretical analysis also approximately agrees with the numerical test. It is found when the exciting frequency is low, the numerical solution agrees with the theoretical solution and when the exciting frequency becomes larger, the numerical solution seems to be not so good compared with the theoretical solution.
5. Summary and Conclusion
In this paper, a Van-der-Pol hysteretic cycle is used to simulate the hysteretic character of SMA, which is suitable and convenient for modeling. Then, a nonlinear vibration model of simply supported SMA beam under narrow band noise excitation is built and approximately solved by the multiple scale method. The steady state responses are obtained for both noise-free condition and noise included condition, respectively. After that, the stability of the steady state is analyzed. Some complex dynamical phenomena can be observed, which is helpful for industrial application.
When the strength of the disturbing noise is small enough, the original system can be simplified to an Ito-type differential equation. The singularity theory is applied to study how the parameters influence the number of stationary solutions. It is found that, with some proper parameters there exist three steady state solutions; two of them are stable and realizable, while the other one is unstable. The initial conditions decide which kind of amplitude can appear. The moment method is used to obtain the first-order and second-order moments of the random steady state responses. Similar results are found compared with the deterministic condition. But the difference is that the limit cycle is diffused by the noise. The results of numerical simulation approximately agree with the analysis.
Conflict of Interests
The author declares that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this paper.
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 11272229 and Grant no. 11302144) and the Science Foundation of Tianjin education committee (Grant no. 20120902).
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