Nonlinear Dynamics

, Volume 83, Issue 1–2, pp 1029–1041 | Cite as

Experimental verification of the vibro-impact capsule model

  • Yang Liu
  • Ekaterina Pavlovskaia
  • Marian Wiercigroch
Original Paper


In this paper, an experimental verification of the vibro-impact capsule model proposed by Liu et al. in (Int. J. Mech. Sci, 66:2–11; 2013a, Int. J. Mech. Sci, 72:39–54; 2013b, Int. J. Non-Linear Mech., 70, 30–46; 2015) is presented. The capsule dynamics is investigated experimentally by varying the stiffness of the support spring, and the frequency and the amplitude of excitation. The novel design of the experimental set-up is discussed, and comparisons between the experiments and numerical simulations are presented showing a good agreement. The conducted bifurcation analysis indicates that the behaviour of the system is mainly periodic and that a fine tuning of the control parameters can significantly improve the performance of the system. The main findings provide a better insight into the vibro-impact systems subject to nonlinear friction, and the experimental rig can be used to predict the dynamic behaviour of these systems.


Capsule dynamics vibro-impact experiment stick-slip friction 



Dr. Yang Liu would like to acknowledge the financial support for the Small Research Grant (31841) by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yang Liu
    • 1
  • Ekaterina Pavlovskaia
    • 2
  • Marian Wiercigroch
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EngineeringRobert Gordon UniversityAberdeenUK
  2. 2.Centre for Applied Dynamics Research, School of Engineering, King’s CollegeUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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