Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 6 (2000), Issue 1, Pages 13-30

Forced vibration of a ball attached to a cable

Douglas Oliver and Sammie Giles

College of Engineering, University of Toledo, Nitschke Hall 4055, Toledo 43606-3390, OH, USA

Received 26 July 1999

Copyright © 2000 Douglas Oliver and Sammie Giles. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This work describes an analytic solution to predict the forced oscillation of a suspended cable and an attached ball. The oscillations are driven by a sinusoidal movement at the fixed end of the cable. This problem may be used in the verification of numerical software which is commonly used to design systems with suspended cables.