The governing differential equations and the general time-dependent elastic boundary conditions for the coupled bending-bending forced vibration of a pretwisted non-uniform Timoshenko beam are derived by Hamilton's principle. By introducing a general change of dependent variable with shifting functions, the original system is transformed into a system composed of four non-homogeneous governing differential equations and eight homogeneous boundary conditions. The transformed system is proved to be self-adjoint. Consequently, the method of separation of variables can be used to solve the transformed problem. The physical meanings of these shifting functions are explored. The orthogonality condition for the eigenfunctions of a pretwisted non-uniform beam with elastic boundary conditions is also derived. The relation between the shifting functions and the stiffness matrix is derived. The boundary control of a pretwist Timoshenko beam is studied. The effects of the total pretwist angle, the position of loading and the boundary spring constants on the energy required to control the performance of a pretwisted beam are investigated.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics
- Mechanical Engineering