Papers Published

  1. Virgin, L.N. and Bishop, S.R., Catchment regions of multiple dynamic responses in nonlinear problems of offshore mechanics, Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, vol. 112 no. 2 (1990), pp. 127 - 133 .
    (last updated on 2007/03/23)

    Consideration of nonlinear effects in the dynamic analysis of offshore structures leads to complex phenomena even for relatively simple deterministic mathematical models. Nonlinearity in the stiffness or restoring force of a structure can be conveniently incorporated into a differential equation of motion, which can then be solved either analytically, using perturbation techniques, or numerically for various parameter ranges and forcing conditions. A particular feature of nonlinear dynamics is the appearance of multiple, competing steady-state oscillations which depend crucially on initial conditions. These coexisting stable solutions can be thought of as attractors for transient motion. This paper concentrates on the computation of the domains of attraction or catchment regions using numerical techniques based on Poincare mapping ideas.

    Structural Analysis - Dynamic Response;Equations of Motion;Mathematical Techniques - Differential Equations;Mathematical Models;