We study the occurrence of the synchronous rotation of a set of four uncoupled nonidentical double pendula arranged into a cross structure mounted on a vertically excited platform. Under the excitation, the pendula can rotate in different directions (counter-clockwise or clockwise). It has been shown that after a transient, many different types of synchronous configurations with the constant phase difference between pendula can be observed. The experimental results qualitatively agree with the numerical simulations.
This work has been supported by the Polish Department for Scientific Research (currently National Center for Science) under Project No. N N501 249238.