Work-loop techniques for optimising nonlinear forced oscillators
Arion Pons  1, *@  , Tsevi Beatus  2, *@  
1 : Hebrew University of Jerusalem  (HUJI)
Giv'at Ram, Jerusalem -  Israel
2 : Hebrew University of Jerusalem  (HUJI)
Giv'at Ram, Jerusalem -  Israel
* : Corresponding author

Linear and nonlinear resonant states can be restrictive: they exist at particular discrete states in frequency and/or elasticity, under particular (e.g., simple-harmonic) waveforms. In forced oscillators, this restrictiveness is an obstacle to system design and control modulation: altering the system elasticity, or modulating the response, would both appear to necessarily incur a penalty to efficiency. In this work, we describe an approach for bypassing this obstacle. Using novel work-loop techniques, we prove and illustrate how certain classes of resonant optimisation problem lead to non-unique solutions. In a structural optimisation context, several categories of energetically-optimal elasticity are non-unique. In an optimal control context, several categories of energetically-optimal frequency are non-unique. For these classes of non-unique optimum, we can derive simple bounds defining the optimal region. These novel theoretical results have practical implications for the design and control of a range of biomimetic propulsion systems, including flapping-wing micro-air-vehicles: using these results, we can generate efficient forms of wingbeat modulation for flight control.


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