Journal of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics

46, 2, pp. 347-366, Warsaw 2008

The method of solving polynomials in the beam vibration problem

Mohammad Jehad Al-Khatib, Krzysztof Grysa, Artur Maciąg
The paper presents a new method of finding an approximate solution to the beam vibration problem. The problem is described with a partial differential equation of the fourth order. Basically, linear differential equations can be solved by means of various methods. The key idea of the presented approach is to find polynomials (solving functions) that satisfy the considered differential equation identically. In this sense, it is a variant of the Trefftz method. The advantage of the method is that the approximate solution (a linear combination of the solving functions) satisfies the equation identically. The initial and boundary conditions are then satisfied approximately. The formulas for solving functions and their derivatives are obtained. The solving Trefftz functions can be used in the whole domain or can be used as base functions in nodeless FEM. Both cases are considered. A numerical example is included.
Keywords: beam vibration; Trefftz method; solving functions