The parametrically driven, damped, inverted pendulum can be dynamically stabilized in particular regions of the parameter space. The impact of damping on dynamic stabilization can be stabilizing or destabilizing depending on the location in parameter space (i.e., drive frequency and amplitude). Floquet analysis and numerical simulations were used to determine the stable regions. An experiment was conducted that verifies the model. Physical explanations and simple bounding approximations are provided to summarize findings. The utility of the highly damped pendulum results are illustrated by drawing the analogy to dynamic stabilization of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability: it permits ready demonstration that dynamic stabilization is impossible in that system absent surface tension.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics