Vibrational Resonance (VR) is a nonlinear phenomenon which occurs when a bi-stable system is subjected to a bi-harmonic excitation consisting of a small-amplitude resonant excitation and a large-amplitude high-frequency excitation. The result is that, under some conditions, the high-frequency excitation amplifies the resonant response associated with the slow dynamics. While VR was studied extensively in the open literature, most of the research studies used optical and electrical systems as platforms for experimental investigation. This paper provides experimental evidence that VR can also occur in a mechanical bi-stable twin-well oscillator and discusses the conditions under which VR is possible.

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