Nonlinear dynamics of an SMA-pendulum system

Dimitri Danulussi Alves Costa, Marcelo A. Savi

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Pendulum is a simple system that is usually related to great discoveries in science and technology. Nonlinear dynamics of pendulum systems is related to a variety of responses being the objective of studies of oscillations, bifurcations and chaos. Smart material nonlinear effects are employed in several applications due to their adaptive behavior presenting great advantages in control strategies. This work deals with the dynamics of an SMA-pendulum system that consists of a pendulum coupled with shape memory alloy springs. A numerical investigation is carried out exploiting the temperature-dependent behavior of the SMA. Complex responses are presented and the possibility of thermal control of the system is investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1617–1627
Number of pages11
JournalNonlinear Dynamics
Issue number3
Early online date15 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the Brazilian Research Agencies CNPq, CAPES and FAPERJ and through the INCT-EIE (National Institute of Science and Technology - Smart Structures in Engineering) the CNPq and FAPEMIG. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) is also acknowledged.


  • nonlinear dynamics
  • chaos
  • shape memory alloys
  • pendulum
  • control


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