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Shock and Vibration
Volume 6 (1999), Issue 1, Pages 1-9

Efficient Transient Analysis for Large Locally Nonlinear Structures

Joshua H. Gordis and Jeffrey Radwick

Naval Postgraduate School, Department of Mechanical Engineering–Code ME/Go, Monterey, CA 93943–5100, USA

Received 25 November 1997; Revised 20 January 1999

Copyright © 1999 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 general and exact theory for transient structural synthesis is extended to address structural systems with an arbitrary number of localized sources of structural dynamic nonlinearity. The formulation is independent of model size, in that only those model degrees-of-freedom of interest need be retained in the synthesis. The theory provides for the efficient calculation of nonlinear transient response due to externally applied loads and prescribed base motions. The theory can function as a substructure coupling and structural modification procedure allowing structural nonlinearities to be isolated from the remaining linear substructures, which are solved once. The nonlinear synthesis in effect installs the nonlinear elements and calculates the nonlinear transient response. An example demonstrate the order of magnitude decrease in time required, as compared to traditional direct integration.