A Wavelet-Galerkin procedure is introduced in order to obtain periodic solutions of multidegrees-of-freedom dynamical systems with periodic time-varying coefficients. The procedure is then used to study the vibrations of parametrically excited mechanical systems. As problems of stability analysis of nonlinear systems are often reduced after linearization to problems involving linear differential systems with time-varying coefficients, we demonstrate the method provides efficient practical computations of Floquet exponents and consequently allows to give estimators for stability/instability levels. A few academic examples illustrate the relevance of the method.

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