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The decoupling of damped linear systems in configuration and state spaces


It has recently been reported that any viscously damped linear system can be decoupled in the configuration space by a real, nonlinear, time-dependent transformation. The purpose of this rapid communication is to provide a few clarifying remarks about the decoupling operation. It is shown that, for homogeneous systems, the time-dependent configuration-space decoupling transformation is real, linear and time-invariant when cast in state space. In addition, the configurationspace transformation generates a diagonalizing structure-preserving transformation. In non-homogeneous systems, both the configuration and associated state transformations are nonlinear and depend continuously on the excitation. An example is given of a linear system that can be decoupled in configuration but not in state space. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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