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Spectral Analysis and Numerical Investigation of a Flexible Structure with Nonconservative Boundary Data

By Marianna A. Shubov and Laszlo P. Kindrat

Submitted: May 8th 2019Reviewed: May 20th 2019Published: June 20th 2019

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.86940

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Analytic and numerical results of the Euler-Bernoulli beam model with a two-parameter family of boundary conditions have been presented. The co-diagonal matrix depending on two control parameters (k1 and k2) relates a two-dimensional input vector (the shear and the moment at the right end) and the observation vector (the time derivatives of displacement and the slope at the right end). The following results are contained in the paper. First, high accuracy numerical approximations for the eigenvalues of the discretized differential operator (the dynamics generator of the model) have been obtained. Second, the formula for the number of the deadbeat modes has been derived for the case when one control parameter, k1, is positive and another one, k2, is zero. It has been shown that the number of the deadbeat modes tends to infinity, as k1→1+ and k2=0. Third, the existence of double deadbeat modes and the asymptotic formula for such modes have been proven. Fourth, numerical results corroborating all analytic findings have been produced by using Chebyshev polynomial approximations for the continuous problem.


  • matrix differential operator
  • eigenvalues
  • Chebyshev polynomials
  • numerical scheme
  • boundary control

1. Introduction

The present paper is concerned with the spectral analysis and numerical investigation of the eigenvalues of the Euler-Bernoulli beam model. The beam is clamped at the left end and subject to linear feedback-type conditions with a non-dissipative feedback matrix [1, 2]. Depending on the boundary parameters k1and k2, the model can be either conservative, dissipative, or completely non-dissipative. We focus on the non-dissipative case, i.e., when the energy of a vibrating system is not a decreasing (or nonincreasing) function of time. In our approach, the initial-boundary value problem describing the beam dynamics is reduced to the first order in time evolution equation in the state Hilbert space H. The evolution of the system is completely determined by the dynamics generator Lk1,k2, which is an unbounded non-self-adjoint matrix differential operator (see Eqs. (2), (3), and (8)). The eigenmodes and the mode shapes of the flexible structure are defined as the eigenvalues (up to a multiple i) and the generalized eigenvectors of Lk1,k2.

Based on the results of [1, 2], the dynamics generator has a purely discrete spectrum, whose location on the complex plane is determined by the controls k1and k2. Having in mind the practical applications of the asymptotic formulas [3, 4, 5], we discuss the case of k10and k20, such that k1+k2>0(see Proposition 2). As shown in [2], even though the operator Lk1,k2is non-dissipative, for the case k1>0and k2=0(or k1=0and k2>0), the entire set of eigenvalues is located in the closed upper half of the complex plane C, which means that all eigenmodes are stable or neutrally stable. (We recall that to obtain an elastic mode from an eigenvalues of Lk1,k2, one should multiply the eigenvalue by a factor i).

In the paper we address the question of accuracy of the asymptotic formulas for the eigenvalues. Namely, under what conditions the leading asymptotic terms informulas (20)and(21)can be used for practical estimation of the actual frequencies of the flexible beam? Numerical simulations show that the accuracy of the asymptotic formulas is really high; the leading asymptotic terms can be used by practitioners almost immediately, i.e., almost from the first vibrational mode. The second question is concerned with the role of the deadbeat modes. A deadbeat mode is a purely negative elastic mode that generates a solution of the evolution equation exponentially decaying in time. The deadbeat modes are important in engineering applications. As we prove in the paper, when the boundary parameter k1is close to 1 (while k2=0), the number of the deadbeat modes is so large that the corresponding mode shapes become important for the description of the beam dynamics. More precisely, the number of deadbeat modes tends to infinity as k11+.

We have also shown that there exists a sequence of values of the parameter k1, i.e., k1nn=1, such that for each k1=k1nthere exist a finite number of deadbeat modes and each corresponds to a double eigenvalue of the dynamics generator Lk1,k2. For each value k1n, the operator Lk1,k2has a two-dimensional root subspace spanned by an eigenvector and an associate vector. This result means that for a double deadbeat mode (corresponding to k1n), there exists a mode shape and an associate mode shape. This fact indicates that for some values of k1and k2, there exists a significant number of associate vectors of Lk1,k2. Therefore, if one can prove that the set of the generalized eigenvectors (eigenvectors and associate vectors together) forms an unconditional basis for the state space, then construction of the bi-orthogonal basis [6] would be a more complicated problem than for the case when no associate vectors exist.

Finally, we mention that the feedback control of beams is a well-studied area [6], with multiple applications to the control of robotic manipulators, long and slender aircraft wings, propeller blades, large space structure [7, 8], and the dynamics of carbon nanotubes [9]. The analysis of a classical beam model with nonstandard feedback control law that originated in engineering literature [4, 10, 11, 12] may be of interest for both analysts and practitioners.

This paper is organized as follows. In Section 1 we formulate the initial-boundary value problem for the Euler-Bernoulli beam model. In Section 2, we reformulate the problem as an evolution equation in the Hilbert space of Cauchy data (the energy space). The dynamics generator Lk1,k2, which is a non-self-adjoint matrix differential operator depending on two parameters,k1andk2, is the main object of interest. The eigenvalues and the generalized eigenvectors of Lk1,k2correspond to the modes and the mode shapes of the beam. We also give numerical approximations and graphical representations of the eigenvalues of a discrete approximation of the main operator (see Tables 1 and 2 and Figures 1 and 2). In Section 3, we study the deadbeat modes and derive the estimates for the number of the deadbeat modes from below and above for different values of the boundary parameters (see Figure 5). Section 4 is concerned with the asymptotic approximation for the set of double deadbeat modes (see Tables 3 and 4 and Figures 6 and 7). In Section 5, we outline the numerical scheme used for the spectral analysis of the finite-dimensional approximation of the dynamics generator.

k1=0, k2=0.5, EI=1, ρ=0.1, N=64, εf=1020

Table 1.

Approximations of the eigenvalues for the discrete and “continuous” operators (K>1).

k1=1.3, k2=1.2, EI=10, ρ=0.1, N=64, εf=1020

Table 2.

Approximations of the eigenvalues for the discrete and “continuous” operators (K<1).

Figure 1.

Graphical representation of the eigenvalues of the discrete and “continuous” operators (K>1).

Figure 2.

Graphical representation of the eigenvalues of the discrete and “continuous” operators (K<−1).

k2=0, EI=1, ρ=1, N=64, εf=1030

Table 3.

Eigenvalues closest to the imaginary axis as k11+.

k2=0, EI=1, ρ=1, N=64, εf=1030

Table 4.

Eigenvalues closest to the imaginary axis as k11.

1.1 The initial-boundary value problem for the Euler-Bernoulli beam model of a unit length

The Lagrangian of the system is defined by [10, 11]


where hxtis the transverse deflection, Exis the modulus of elasticity, Ixis the area moment of inertia, ϱxis the linear density, and Axis the cross-sectional area of the beam.

Assuming that the beam is clamped at the left end x=0and free at the right end x=1, and applying Hamilton’s variational principle to the action functional defined by (1), we obtain the equation of motion


and the boundary conditions


where Mxtand Qxtare the moment and the shear, respectively [10]:


Now we replace the free right-end conditions from Eq. (3) with the following boundary feedback control law [2, 4]. Define the input and the output as


where Tstands for transposition. The feedback control law is given by


where Kis the 2×2feedback matrix. We select


with k1,k2being the control parameters. The feedback (6) can be written as


Finally, we arrive to the following initial-boundary value problem: the equation of motion (2), the boundary conditions (3), and the standard initial conditions hx0=h0x,htx0=h1x.

Notice that the choice of a feedback matrix Kdefines whether the system is dissipative or not. Indeed, let Etbe the energy of the system, defined by representation (1). Evaluating Etton the solutions of Eq. (2) satisfying the left-end conditions from Eqs. (3), we obtain


Taking into account Eqs. (4) and (6), we represent the right-hand side of Eq. (9) as the dot product in R2:


With the choice of Kas in Eq. (7), we have


Thus the system is not dissipative for all nonnegative values of k1and k2.

2. Operator form of the problem

In what follows, we incorporate the cross-sectional area Axinto the density, write ρxinstead of ϱxAx, and also abbreviate EIxExIx. Let Hbe the Hilbert space of two-component vector functions Ux=u0xu1xTequipped with the following norm:


Assuming that EI,ρC201are positive functions, we obtain that the closure of smooth functions Ux=u0xu1xTsatisfying u00=u00=0will produce the energy space H=H0201×L201. Here H0201=uH201:u0=u0=0, and the equality of function spaces is understood in the sense of a Hilbert-space isomorphism.

Problem (2) with conditions (3) can be represented as the time evolution problem:


where 0x1,t0. The dynamics generator Lk1,k2is given by the following matrix differential expression:


defined on the domain


For any k1k2R2, the adjoint operator Lk1,k2[13] is given by


i.e., Lk1,k2is defined by the same differential expression (14) on the domain described in Eq. (15), where k1and k2are replaced by k2and k1, respectively. It follows from Eq. (16) that L0,0is self-adjoint in Hand thus L0,0is the dynamics generator of the clamped-free beam model. For the reader’s convenience, we summarize the properties of Lk1,k2from [1, 2] needed for the present work.

Proposition 1:

  1. Lk1,k2is an unbounded operator with compact resolvent, whose spectrum consists of a countable set of normal eigenvalues (i.e., isolated eigenvalues, each of finite algebraic multiplicity [6, 13]).

  2. For each k1k2R2,k1+k2>0, the operator Lk1,k2is a rank-two perturbation of the self-adjoint operator L0,0in the sense that the operators Lk1,k21and L0,01exist and are related by the rule


where Tk1,k2is a rank-two operator. A similar decomposition is valid for the adjoint operator, i.e.,


From now on, we assume that the structural parameters are constant. In the case of variable parameters, the spectral asymptotics will have the same leading terms and remainder terms depending on parameter smoothness.

Proposition 2: Assume that k1,k2>0and k1k2EIρ. Let


The following asymptotic approximations for the eigenvalues λn(as n) of the operator Lk1,k2hold:

  1. If 1<K<, then for none has


  • If 0<K<1, then for none has

  • λn=signKnEIρ2n+12π214ln2K+1K1+2n+12lnK+1K1+Oneπn.E21

    First of all, we address the question of accuracy of the asymptotic formulas (20) and (21). By its nature, formula (20) (as well as formula (21)) means that for any small ε>0, one can find a positive integer N, such that all eigenvalues λnwith nN+1satisfy the estimate


    for the case when 1<K<and


    for the case when 0<K<1. The following important question holds: From which indexNcan the eigenvalues be approximated by the leading asymptotic terms with acceptable accuracy? In other words, can one claim that the asymptotic formulas (20) and (21) are valuable to practitioners, or are they just important mathematical results of the spectral analysis?

    The results of numerical simulations (see Tables 1 and 2 and Figures 1 and 2) show that the asymptotic formulas are indeed quite accurate. That is, if one places on the complex plane the numerically produced sets of the eigenvalues, then the theoretically predicted distribution of eigenvalues can be seen almost immediately. To obtain these results, we used the numerical procedure based on Chebyshev polynomial approximations [14, 15, 16], as outlined in Section 5.

    In Figures 1 and 2, we represent the graphical distribution of the eigenvalues corresponding to the discretized operator (“numerical” eigenvalues) and the leading asymptotic terms from Eqs. (20) and (21) (“analytic” eigenvalues). In Tables 1 and 2, the numerical values of the corresponding graphical points on Figures 1 and 2 are listed. We have used the following notations: N=64is the number of grid points on 01, and εfis the filtering parameter as described in Eq. (69). It can be easily seen from the graphs and tables that the two sets of data coincide almost immediately, i.e., the leading asymptotic terms in the approximations are very close to the numerically approximated eigenvalues.

    Figure 3 shows the sub-domains of the k1,k2-plane, which correspond to different intervals for the values of Kdefined by Eq. (19). On the sub-domain with dark gray color Ksuch that K>1, i.e., to evaluate the asymptotic approximation for the eigenvalues, one needs formula (20), while on the complementary sub-domain, one needs formula (21).

    Figure 3.

    Regions of K on the k1,k2-plane, A=EIρ=1.

    3. The deadbeat modes

    An eigenvalue λnof the dynamics generator Lk1,k2is called a deadbeat mode if λn=iβn,βn>0. If the corresponding eigenfunction is Φnx, then the evolution problem (13) has a solution given in the form eiλntΦnx=eβntΦnx, which tends to zero without any oscillation.

    As shown in paper [2], for the case when one of the control parameters is zero and the other one is positive, the entire set of the eigenvalues is located in the closed upper half plane. This result is not obvious since the operator is not dissipative; in fact, it requires a fairly nontrivial proof. However, due to this fact, we assume that any deadbeat mode can be given in the form , with β>0. To deal with the deadbeat modes analytically, we rewrite the spectral equation Lk1,k2Φx=λΦxin the form of an equivalent problem for an operator pencil [17] as


    If λnand φnxare an eigenvalue and eigenfunction of the pencil (24), then λnis also an eigenvalue of Lk1,k2with the eigenfunction Φnx=1iλnφnxφnxT.

    To solve problem (24), we first redefine the spectral and control parameters to eliminate ρand EIfrom Eq. (24). We define λ˜,k˜1, and k˜2by λ=EI/ρλ˜and k˜j=EIρkj, j=1,2. Substituting these relations into Eq. (24) and eliminating the “tilde,” we obtain the following Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue problem:


    The solution of Eq. (25) satisfying the left-end boundary conditions φ0=φ0=0can be written in the form


    Substituting formula (26) into the right-end boundary conditions of Eq. (25), one gets a system for the coefficients Aλand Bλ:


    Let Δλbe the determinant of the matrix of coefficients for Aλand Bλin Eqs. (27). System (27) has nontrivial solutions if and only if Δλ=0, i.e.,


    Theorem 1: The following results hold in the case when k1>0and k2=0. Similar results hold in the case when k1=0and k2>0.

    1. For 0<k1<1, the deadbeat modes do not exist.

    2. For k1=1, there exist infinitely many deadbeat modes given explicitly by


  • For any k1>1, there exist a finite number Nk1of deadbeat modes. Each mode has the form λ=μ2,μ=x1+i, where xis a root of the function

  • Hxk12+1+k1cos2x+1k1cosh2x,x>0.E30

    Let Xk1=12πcosh11+4k11, and then Nk1satisfies the estimate


    Hence Nk1as k11+. (By Xwe denote the greatest integer less than or equal to X).

    Proof: Let μ=λ=x1+i,x>0. Taking into account the relations


    we reduce Eq. (28) to the following form:


    It can be readily seen that if 0<k1<1, then 2+1+k1cos2x>0and 1k1cosh2x>0, which means that Eq. (32) has no solutions. Statement (1) is shown. Statement (2) follows immediately if one considers Eq. (32) for k1=1.

    To prove Statement (3), we rewrite Eq. (32) in the form


    The left-hand side of Eq. (33) is monotonically increasing, while the right-hand side is sinusoidal, with maximum 1+4k11and minimum 1, and period π. So the graphs of the left- and right-hand side have intersections only on the interval 012cosh11+4k11. There are two intersections for each full period of the right-hand side that fits into the above interval (Figure 4). As it can be seen in Figure 4, one should add at least one more intersection for the first half-period after the full periods. Depending on the value of k1, the two graphs can have two intersections, one tangential intersection or no intersections on the second half-period. This leads to estimate (31).

    Figure 4.

    Left- and right-hand side of Eq. (33) for different values of k1.

    A graphical illustration of the result of Theorem 1 is shown in Figure 5.

    Figure 5.

    Estimates and actual count of deadbeat modes based on numerical simulations.

    4. Structure of the deadbeat mode set

    The main result on the existence and distribution of double roots of the function Hxk1is presented in the statement below.

    Theorem 2: For a given k1>1, the multiplicity of each root of Hxk1does not exceed 2. There exists a sequence k1nn=0,1,2, such that the function Hxk1has a double root if and only if k1=k1nfor some n. So the original spectral problem with k1=k1n,k2=0has a double deadbeat mode λn=μn2=2ixn2. The following asymptotic formulas hold




    Proof: If xis a double root of H, then Hxk1=Hxk1=0, i.e., separating the real and imaginary parts, we have


    Eliminating k1from system given by (36) and (37), we obtain that the following equation has to be satisfied:


    Rewriting Eq. (37) in the form k1+1sin2x=k11sinh2x, and taking into account that k1>1, we obtain that if xis the solution of Eq. (38), then sin2x<0.

    Now we show that when cos2x<0and sin2x<0, i.e.,


    Eq. (38) does not have any solutions. Indeed, in the above range of x, we have cos2x+sin2x=2sin2x+π/4<1and sin2xcos2x<1. With such estimates we obtain that


    which mean that Eq. (38) cannot be satisfied.

    Now we consider the case when cos2x>0and sin2x<0, i.e.,


    It is convenient to rewrite system given by (36) and (37) in the form 2x=3π/2+2πn+s, where n0,1,2, 0<s<π/2. If gsG3π/4+πn+s, then Eq. (38) generates the following equation for g:


    Let us show that for each n, Eq. (40) has a unique solution. For s=0we have


    and for s=π/2we have gπ/2=2sinh2πn+1>0. Evaluating gwe have


    Thus gsis a monotonically increasing function, such that g0<0<gπ/2, which means that ghas a unique root on 0π/2.

    Finally we show that the multiplicity of a multiple root cannot exceed 2. Using a contradiction argument, assume that there exists x0, such that in addition to Eqs. (36) and (37), one has Hx0k1=0, i.e., the multiplicity of x0is at least 3. The system Hx0k1=0and Hx0k1=0can be written as


    Since k1>1, the second equation of (42) yields cos2x0<0. Also, since x0is a multiple root, we must have sin2x0<0. Then 2x0is in the third quadrant, which means that Gx00, as we have seen above. This contradicts our assumption that x0is a root of Eqs. (36) and (37).

    To derive asymptotic distribution of the roots of Eq. (40), we check that with Pnfrom Eq. (34), the following approximations are valid:


    Evaluating gsfrom Eq. (40) for s=2Pn1and using Eq. (43), we get


    Representation (44) implies that there exists n0, such that for all nn0, we have g2Pn1>0. Taking into account that g0<0, we obtain that the root sn, nn0, of the function gsis located on the interval 02Pn1. To find the location of this root more precisely [18], we use linear interpolation. Namely, substituting Eq. (43) into the expression for gsfrom Eq. (41) yields


    Replacing gsby the linear function tangential to gsat the point 2Pn1g2Pn1, and finding the root of this function, we get


    Having this approximation for sn, we immediately get


    From the equation Hxnk1n=0, we obtain the formula for k1nas


    Substituting formulas (43) and (46) into formula (48), we obtain representation (35).

    Corollary 1: Let k1=k1nfor some n+0, and let xnbe the corresponding double root of the function Hxk1n. Then λ0=2ixn2is an eigenvalue of the operator Lk1n,0, such that the geometric multiplicity of λ0is 1 and its algebraic multiplicity is 2. Therefore there exists a unique eigenvector Φand one associate vector Ψ, such that


    Proof: It suffices to show that problem (24) does not have two linearly independent eigenvectors corresponding to λ0[18, 19]. Using contradiction argument we assume that for some λ0the boundary-value problem (25) with k2=0has two linearly independent solutions ψand χ. Each function satisfies the problem


    First we observe that ψ1χ10. Indeed, if ψ1=0, then we have


    Since λ0is purely imaginary, Eq. (51) is not valid. We define a new function:


    One can readily check that gsatisfies the following boundary-value problem:


    and therefore


    Eq. (54) is valid if and only if λ02>0; however, for a deadbeat mode, λ02<0. The obtained contradiction means that for each double mode, there is one eigenfunction and one associate function.

    4.1 Deadbeat mode behavior as k11

    As k1approaches 1, the spectral branches are moving upward and toward the imaginary axis (Figures 6 and 7). As a result of this motion, eigenvalues approach the imaginary axis at different rates depending on whether k1approaches 1from above or below.

    Figure 6.

    Eigenvalues with ∣Reλ∣>10 as k1→1+.

    Figure 7.

    Eigenvalues with ∣Reλ∣>10 as k1→1−.

    As follows from Table 3, the real parts of the eigenvalues decrease steadily as k11+, to a point where the eigenvalue becomes a deadbeat mode. An increase in the number of deadbeat modes can be seen as k11+, which is in agreement with Statement (3) of Theorem 1. One can see from Table 3 that there are pairs of modes such that the distance between them tends to zero as k11+. (Compare modes no.5 and no.7 for k11=104, modes no.4 and no.7 for k11=106, modes no.5 and no.8 for k11=108, and modes no.4 and no.7 for k11=1010). Such behavior indicates convergence of the two simple deadbeat modes to a double mode, which is consistent with Theorem 2.

    Analyzing Table 4, one can see that the eigenvalues get closer to the imaginary axis as k11. However the rate at which their real parts approach zero is significantly lower than in the case k11+. Even at k1=11010, the eigenvalue closest to the imaginary axis has a real part of about 104, which means that it is not a deadbeat mode (see Statement (1) of Theorem 1).

    The eigenvalues near the imaginary axis approach the same double deadbeat modes in both cases when k11±(see Statement (2) of Theorem 1). In conclusion, one can claim that the eigenvalues are indeed approaching the imaginary axis; however, the rate of this approach is different for k11and k11+. In the former case, an eigenvalue’s distance from the imaginary axis decreases very slowly; in the latter case, the eigenvalues quickly “jump” on the imaginary axis and turn into deadbeat modes.

    5. Outline of the numerical scheme

    To carry out the numerical analysis of the differential operator Lk1,k2, we use the Chebyshev collocation method and cardinal functions [14, 15, 16].

    Recall that the Nth Chebyshev polynomial of the first kind is defined by


    The cardinal functions, ψkξ, and the Chebyshev-Gauss-Lobatto (CGL) grid points ξkare defined as follows:


    where coefficients ckare such that c1=cN=2and ck=1for 1<k<N. The main property of cardinal functions is ψkξj=δkj(using the Kronecker delta). The family ψkk=1Nforms a basis in the space of polynomials of degree N1, i.e., if fis such polynomial, then fand fcan be written in the forms


    If f=fξ1fξ2fξNTand g=fξ1fξ2fξNT, then g=Df, where Dis the Chebyshev derivative matrix with the elements


    5.1 Discretization of Lk1,k2

    Rescaling the independent variable xas ξ=2x1, we rewrite the operator and its domain, representations (14) and (15), in the form




    where H=H0211×L211, equipped with the norm


    We approximate the action of Lk1,k2on the finite-dimensional subspace HNHof polynomials of degree at most N1. Using the CGL grid and the cardinal functions, we substitute for u0and u1their truncated expansions:


    Let Φand Θbe N-dim vectors and Ψbe a 2N-dim vector defined by


    Let Lbe the finite-dimensional approximation of the differential operator Lk1,k2. The discretized operator Linduced by Lk1,k2can be given by


    where IN×Nis the N×Nidentity matrix and Dis the derivative matrix (58).

    5.2 Incorporating the boundary conditions

    Discretization of the boundary conditions in the domain description (60) yields


    Let rN,zN,lNRNbe auxiliary row-vectors


    and Djndesignate the jth row of the nth derivative matrix Dn. Using Eqs. (66) we represent Eqs. (65) as the following matrix equation:


    Kis called the boundary operator. Let KNbe the kernel of K, i.e., KN=vR2N:Kv=0. We have to identify all eigenvalues of the operator L, when its domain is restricted to KN. It is clear that KNis isomorphic to Rkwith kdimKN=dimHNrankK=2N6. Let Bbe the matrix consisting of column vectors that form an orthonormal basis in KN. It is clear that BTBis the identity matrix on Rkand BBTis the identity matrix on K. The following result holds: if λis an eigenvalue of the operator L, and the corresponding eigenvector Ψsatisfies Eq. (67), then the same λis an eigenvalue of the matrix BTLB. However, the inverse statement is not necessarily true. Indeed, we observe that BBTis the identity in KN, which is not equivalent to the identity in HN. Assume now that λis an eigenvalue of BTLBwith corresponding eigenvector vRk. If Ψ=Bv, we have


    but BBTLL,which indicates that fake eigenvalues may exist.

    5.3 Filtering of spurious eigenvalues

    In order to decide which eigenvalues of BTLBshould be discarded, we impose the following condition. Let Λbe the spectrum of BTLBand Vbe the set of its eigenfunctions. We construct the set of “trusted” eigenvalues [14, 15], for some εf>0filtering precision, as

    Λε=λΛ:LBvλλBvλC<εffor corresponding eigenvectorvλV,E69

    where Cis a discrete approximation to the integral norm defined in Eq. (61). (The subscript Cis short for Chebyshev). Using the CGL quadrature, we obtain the following formula for the norm of a vector Ψdefined as in Eq. (63):


    6. Conclusions

    In this work we have considered the spectral properties of the Euler-Bernoulli beam model with special feedback-type boundary conditions. The dynamics generator of the model is a non-self-adjoint matrix differential operator acting in a Hilbert space of two-component Cauchy data. This operator has been approximated by a “discrete” operator using Chebyshev polynomial approximation. We have shown that the eigenvalues of the main operator can be approximated by the eigenvalues of its discrete counterpart with high accuracy. This means that the leading asymptotic terms in formulas (20) and (21) can be used by practitioners who need the elastic modes.

    Further results deal with existence and formulas of the deadbeat modes. It has been shown that for the case when one control parameter, k1, is such that k11+and the other one k2=0, the number of deadbeat modes approaches infinity. The formula for the rate at which the number of the deadbeat modes tends to infinity has been derived. It has also been established that there exists a sequence k1nn=1of the values of parameter k1, such that the corresponding deadbeat mode has a multiplicity 2, which yields the existence of the associate mode shapes for the operator Lk1,k2. The formulas for the double deadbeat modes and asymptotics for the sequence k1nas nhave been derived.


    Partial support of the National Science Foundation award DMS-1810826 is highly appreciated by the first author.


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