Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
We use invariant manifold results on Banach spaces to conclude the existence of spectral submanifolds (SSMs) in a class of nonlinear, externally forced beam oscillations . Reduction of the governing PDE to the SSM provides an exact low-dimensional model which we compute explicitly. This model captures the correct asymptotics of the full, infinite-dimensional dynamics. Our approach is general enough to admit extensions to other types of continuum vibrations. The model-reduction procedure we employ also gives guidelines for a mathematically self-consistent modeling of damping in PDEs describing structural vibrations.