We study bifurcation of fundamental nonlinear normal modes (FNNMs) in 2-degree-of-freedom coupled oscillators by utilizing geometric mechanics approach based on Synges concept, which dictates orbital stability rather than Lyapunovs classical asymptotic stability. Use of harmonic balance method provides reasonably accurate approximation for NNMs over wide range of energy; and Floquet theory incorporated into Synges stability analysis predicts the respective bifurcation points as well as their types. Constructing NNMs in the frequency-energy domain, we seek applications to study of efficient targeted energy transfers.

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