Experimental and analytical techniques that characterize nonlinear modal interactions in structures are used to quantify parameters in representative nonlinear systems. The subject of the experimental study is a three-beam frame. Subharmonic resonances and interaction between widely spaced modes are exploited to determine nonlinear parameters in models that represent these interactions. The phases of the auto-bispectra of the response of this structure appear in the analytical solutions of the representative models. Values of these phases could thus aid in determining other unknown parameters of nonlinear systems.