An investigation using averaging method is carried out to obtain the frequency response of a class of vibration isolators with saturation spring. The saturation characteristics are modeled using a hyperbolic-tangent function. The hyperbolic-tangent saturation function is compared with other popular saturation functions, using piecewise nonlinear approximation. A parameteric study indicates that piecewise linear approximation of saturating functions provide results that are close enough to the results of hyperbolic tangent approximation. A sensitivity analysis of frequency response of the system is also investigated based on the piecewise linear approximation.

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