American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
[en] Ground Vibration Testing ; Nonlinearity ; System Identification
[en] The nonlinear resonant decay method identifies a nonlinear dynamic system using a model based in linear modal space comprising the underlying linear system and a small number of additional terms that represent the nonlinear behavior. In this work, the method is applied to an aircraftlike wing/store/pylon experimental structure that consists of a rectangular wing with two stores suspended beneath it by means of nonlinear pylons with a nominally hardening characteristic in the store rotation degree of freedom. The nonlinear resonant decay method is applied to the system using multishaker excitation. The resulting identified mathematical model features five modes, two of which are strongly nonlinear, one is mildly nonlinear, and two are completely linear. The restoring force surfaces obtained from the mathematical model are in close agreement with those measured from the system. This experimental application of the nonlinear resonant decay method indicates that the method could be suitable for the identification of nonlinear models of aircraft in ground vibration testing.