Asymptotic approximations for vibrational modes of helices

T. Tarnopolskaya, F.R. de Hoog


The free vibrations in the plane normal to the helical axis are studied under the assumption that the helical pitch is small. Asymptotic approximations for eigenvalues and eigenfunctions are derived for both small and large numbers of helical turns. The analytic approximations reveal interesting features of helix vibrations and the connection between the vibrational modes of a helix and the flexural modes of a curved beam. Comparison with numerical calculations shows that the approximations derived cover with sufficient accuracy a wide range of number of helical turns.

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