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Volume 26, Issue 11, November 2016
- FOCUS ISSUE: COLLECTIVE DYNAMICS OF MECHANICAL OSCILLATORS AND BEYOND
Experimental and modeling analysis of asymmetrical on-off oscillation in coupled non-identical inverted bottle oscillators26(2016); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4965032View Description Hide Description
Upside-down bottles containing water which are common in our daily life exhibit rich vibration dynamics. Rich dynamic regimes are observed in bottle oscillators by directly measuring the pressure difference between inside and outside of a bottle with the aid of pressure sensors. We observe experimentally that an asymmetrical oscillation process between the outflow of water and the inflow of air is formed in a single bottle oscillator and, in addition, a kind of 2:1 frequency synchronization occurs in a coupled system of two non-identical bottle oscillators. The peak values of the oscillation of pressure differences between inside and outside of the bottle decease as the height of the liquid surface steps down, while the oscillation period increases gradually. The theoretical model of the oscillator is amended to understand the regimes in the experiment by introducing time-dependent parameters related to the asymmetrical oscillation processes. Our numerical results based on the model fit well with the experimental ones.
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In this paper, we study synchronization in time-varying networks inherited by the Vicsek's model of self-propelled particles. In our model, each particle/agent moves in a two dimensional space according to the Vicsek's rules and is associated to a chaotic system. The dynamics of two oscillators are coupled with each other only when agents are at a distance less than an interaction radius. We investigate the system behavior with respect to some fundamental parameters, and, in particular, to the noise level, which for increasing intensity drives the system from an ordered motion to a disordered one. We show that the global dynamics is ruled by the interplay between motion characteristics and dynamical coupling with synchronization either favored or inhibited by a coordinated motion of the self-propelled particles. Finally, we provide semi-analytical estimation for the synchronization thresholds for interconnections occurring at a time-scale shorter than that of the associated dynamical systems.
Sampled-data-based consensus and containment control of multiple harmonic oscillators: A motion-planning approach26(2016); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4965030View Description Hide Description
This paper studies the distributed consensus and containment problems for a group of harmonic oscillators with a directed communication topology. First, for consensus without a leader, a class of distributed consensus protocols is designed by using motion planning and Pontryagin's principle. The proposed protocol only requires relative information measurements at the sampling instants, without requiring information exchange over the sampled interval. By using stability theory and the properties of stochastic matrices, it is proved that the distributed consensus problem can be solved in the motion planning framework. Second, for the case with multiple leaders, a class of distributed containment protocols is developed for followers such that their positions and velocities can ultimately converge to the convex hull formed by those of the leaders. Compared with the existing consensus algorithms, a remarkable advantage of the proposed sampled-data-based protocols is that the sampling periods, communication topologies and control gains are all decoupled and can be separately designed, which relaxes many restrictions in controllers design. Finally, some numerical examples are given to illustrate the effectiveness of the analytical results.
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This paper examines synchronization of a set of metronomes placed on a lightweight foam platform. Two configurations of the set of metronomes are considered: a row setup containing one-dimensional coupling and a cross setup containing two-dimensional coupling. Depending on the configuration and coupling between the metronomes, i.e., the platform parameters, in- and/or anti-phase synchronized behavior is observed in the experiments. To explain this behavior, mathematical models of a metronome and experimental setups have been derived and used in a local stability analysis. It is numerically and experimentally demonstrated that varying the coupling parameters for both configurations has a significant influence on the stability of the synchronized solutions.
Content modification attacks on consensus seeking multi-agent system with double-integrator dynamics26(2016); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4965034View Description Hide Description
In this paper, vulnerability of a distributed consensus seeking multi-agent system (MAS) with double-integrator dynamics against edge-bound content modification cyber attacks is studied. In particular, we define a specific edge-bound content modification cyber attack called malignant content modification attack (MCoMA), which results in unbounded growth of an appropriately defined group disagreement vector. Properties of MCoMA are utilized to design detection and mitigation algorithms so as to impart resilience in the considered MAS against MCoMA. Additionally, the proposed detection mechanism is extended to detect the general edge-bound content modification attacks (not just MCoMA). Finally, the efficacies of the proposed results are illustrated through numerical simulations.