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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2 (1995), Issue 3, Pages 205-218

A Toeplitz Jacobian Matrix/Fast Fourier Transformation Method for Steady-State Analysis of Discontinuous Oscillators

T. Ge and A. Y. T. Leung

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

Received 25 July 1994; Accepted 7 November 1994

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A semianalytical algorithm is proposed for the solutions and their stability of a piecewise nonlinear system. The conventional harmonic balance method is modified by the introduction of Toeplitz Jacobian matrices (TJM) and by the alternative applications of fast Fourier transformation (FFT) and its inverse. The TJM/FFT method substantially reduces the amount of computation and circumvents the necessary numerical differentiation for the Jacobian. An arc-length algorithm and a branch switching procedure are incorporated so that the secondary branches can be independently traced. Oscillators with piecewise nonlinear characteristics are taken as illustrative examples. Flip, fold, and Hopf bifurcations are of interest.