In this study, understanding of nonlinearity in the frequency domain is investigated from a novel viewpoint for Volterra systems. The system output spectrum is shown to be an alternating series with respect to some model parameters under certain conditions. This property has great significance in that the system output spectrum can therefore be easily suppressed by tuning the corresponding parameters. This provides a novel insight into the nonlinear influence in a system. The sufficient (and necessary) conditions in which the output spectrum can be transformed into an alternating series are studied. These results are illustrated by two example studies which investigated a single degree of freedom (SDOF) springdamping system with a cubic nonlinear damping. The results established in this study demonstrate a novel characteristic of the nonlinear influence in the frequency domain, and provide a novel insight into the analysis and design of nonlinear vibration control systems.
- Vibration control