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# A low-frequency pendulum mechanism

Publikationstyp

Journal Article

Publikationsdatum

2014-09-30

Sprache

English

Author

Institut

Enthalten in

Volume

83

Start Page

81

End Page

90

Citation

Mechanism and Machine Theory 83 (): 81-90 (2015)

Publisher DOI

Scopus ID

Publisher

Elsevier Science

A pendulum mechanism is presented whose natural frequency of oscillation is distinctly lower than that of a conventional pendulum of comparable size. Furthermore, its natural frequency is approximately proportional to its amplitude of oscillation. The mechanism can thus be tuned to extremely low frequencies by using small amplitudes. The undamped free oscillation response of the mechanism is studied. The derivation of the equation of motion is outlined for both large and, after neglecting higher order terms, small displacements. In both cases, a second-order nonlinear differential equation results. When higher order terms are neglected, the equation of motion is of simple form and can be solved symbolically in terms of a Jacobi elliptic function. Based on this solution, a closed-form expression for the natural frequency is derived and the characteristics of the free oscillation response are discussed.