Flexible structures carrying moving subsystems have various engineering applications, including cable transport, fast transit systems, and weapon systems. In some applications, the vibration of the supporting structure induced by successively moving subsystems can become significant and develop into parametric resonance. In study of the parametric resonance caused by moving subsystems, a conventional approach is to model subsystems as moving concentrated external loads, which leads to traditional resonance due to periodic excitation. In this paper, with consideration of the inertia effect and flexible coupling of subsystems, parametric resonance of a beam structure induced by groups of oscillators moving over it is investigated. Through a special formulation of sequential state equations, dynamic stability of the beam structure is predicted by eigenvalues of a time-domain mapping matrix. From numerical simulation, it shows that apart from the speed of oscillators that directly determines the characteristic period, the inertia and stiffness of the oscillators can also alter the parametric resonance conditions. This phenomenon cannot be captured with the conventional moving load assumption.

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