[en] Non-linear elements are present in practically all spacecraft structures. When such non-linear effects are important linear modal analysis can no longer be applied. The development of a non-linear analogue of linear modal analysis is therefore an important endeavor. The objective of this paper is to show that nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) represent a useful and practical tool in this context. A full-scale spacecraft structure is considered and is modeled using the finite element method. Its NNMs are computed using advanced numerical algorithms, and the resulting dynamics is then carefully analyzed. Nonlinear phenomena with no linear counterpart including nonlinear modal interactions are also highlighted.
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