Analytic bounds for instability regions in periodic systems with delay via Meissner's equation

Eric A. Butcher, Brian P. Mann

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A method for obtaining analytic bounds for period doubling and cyclic fold instability regions in linear time-periodic systems with piecewise constant coefficients and time delay is suggested. The method is based on the use of transition matrices for Meissner's equation corresponding to the desired type of instability. Analytic expressions for the disconnected regions of fold and flip instability for two- and three-segment coefficients including both complex and real eigenvalues in Meissner's equation are obtained. The proposed method when applied to the example of two-segment interrupted turning with complex eigenvalues in each segment yields the same results as those obtained recently for the boundaries of the flip regions (Szalai and Stepan, 2006, "Lobes and Lenses in the Stability Chart of Interrupted Turning," J Comput. Nonlinear Dyn., 1, pp. 205-211). Next, the period-doubling instability regions for a particular delay differential equation related to the damped Meissner's equation and the fold instabilities for a model of delayed position feedback control are analytically obtained. Finally, we extend the method to a single degree-of-freedom milling model with a three-piecewise-constantsegment approximation to the true specific cutting force in which lower bounds for and horizontal locations of the regions of flip instability are obtained. The analytic results are verified through numerical stability charts obtained using the temporal finite element method. Conditions for the existence of islands of instability are also obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number011004
JournalJournal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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