Dynamic patterns and self-knotting of a driven hanging chain

A. Belmonte, M. J. Shelley, S. T. Eldakar, C. H. Wiggins

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The dynamics of a many-linked chain which hangs freely from a vertically oscillating support was experimentally and theoretically studied. It was found that the dynamics organize into several distinct states, which include nonlinear pendular motions, precessional states, and apparently chaotic motions. Furthermore, it was observed that the dynamics can result in self-knotting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114301
Pages (from-to)114301/1-114301/4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 10 2001

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Belmonte, A., Shelley, M. J., Eldakar, S. T., & Wiggins, C. H. (2001). Dynamic patterns and self-knotting of a driven hanging chain. Physical Review Letters, 87(11), 114301/1-114301/4. [114301].