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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2017, Article ID 9712687, 11 pages
Research Article

Analysis on Multistable Motion Characteristics of Supercavitating Vehicle

National Key Laboratory of Transient Physics, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Tianhong Xiong; nc.ude.tsujn@gnohnaitgnoix

Received 6 July 2017; Revised 22 September 2017; Accepted 10 October 2017; Published 6 November 2017

Academic Editor: Matteo Aureli

Copyright © 2017 Tianhong Xiong et al. 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.


Due to complex underwater environment, when the initial condition of launching is subjected to low external disturbance, the motion trace of a supercavitating vehicle might display many different motion states during underwater navigation. With the aim of addressing this problem, based on the dynamic map, in the present work the multistable phenomena of attractor coexistence of the supercavitating vehicle system under various initial conditions were analyzed and the initial condition effects on the multistable motion characteristics were investigated through the domains of attraction, time, and frequency. The results demonstrated that, unlike the ordinary dynamic systems, a supercavitating vehicle demonstrates multistable phenomena, such as the coexistence of the stable equilibrium point and the limit cycle and the coexistence of the limit cycle and the chaotic attractor, along with the coexistence of diversified limit cycles; under fixed system parameters, as the initial condition of launching varied, the vehicle displayed various motion states; in engineering practices, the initial condition of launching could be adjusted according to the domain of attraction, in order for the vehicle motion stability to be enhanced.