Linear differential equations to solve nonlinear mechanical problems: A novel approach
Nair, C. Radhakrishnan
Nonlinear Sciences - Chaotic Dynamics
Often a non-linear mechanical problem is formulated as a non-linear differential equation. A new method is introduced to find out new solutions of non-linear differential equations if one of the solutions of a given non-linear differential equation is known. Using the known solution of the non-linear differential equation, linear differential equations are set up. The solutions of these linear differential equations are found using standard techniques. Then the solutions of the linear differential equations are put into non-linear differential equations and checked whether these solutions are also solutions of the original non-linear differential equation. It is found that many solutions of the linear differential equations are also solutions of the original non-linear differential equation.