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Harmonic Balance for Nonlinear Vibration Problems


  • Presents an introduction to Harmonic Balance

  • Covers theory, application and computational implementation of the method

  • Includes solved exercises


Part of the Mathematical Engineering book series (MATHENGIN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Malte Krack, Johann Gross
    Pages 1-10
  3. Malte Krack, Johann Gross
    Pages 11-46
  4. Malte Krack, Johann Gross
    Pages 47-79
  5. Malte Krack, Johann Gross
    Pages 81-103
  6. Malte Krack, Johann Gross
    Pages 105-130
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 131-159

About this book


This monograph presents an introduction to Harmonic Balance for nonlinear vibration problems, covering the theoretical basis, its application to mechanical systems, and its computational implementation.

Harmonic Balance is an approximation method for the computation of periodic solutions of nonlinear ordinary and differential-algebraic equations. It outperforms numerical forward integration in terms of computational efficiency often by several orders of magnitude. The method is widely used in the analysis of nonlinear systems, including structures, fluids and electric circuits. The book includes solved exercises which illustrate the advantages of Harmonic Balance over alternative methods as well as its limitations. The target audience primarily comprises graduate and post-graduate students, but the book may also be beneficial for research experts and practitioners in industry.


structural dynamics mechanical vibrations oscillations nonlinearity simulation numerical path continuation Fourier methods

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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