We have analyzed the computational dynamics of a complex one-dimensional structural system consisting of a number of alternating stiff and soft subsystems. In particular, the method of Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) in the frequency domain has been applied to analyze the (single-frequency) steady state dynamics in terms of spectral amplitudes and spatial shapes of proper orthogonal modes. It is shown that the dominant POD modes of such a multi-body system are sensitive to imperfections. The processing of the computational dynamics by the spectral-POD method leads to a novel computation of the transfer function of the system.

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