This paper presents a method for analyzing the stability of the linearly related modes of nonlinear two-degree-of-freedom oscillatory systems. For systems described by the coupled equations x¨1 = f(x1, x2) and x¨2 = g(x1, x2) there exist solutions related by the linear modal restraint x1 = cx2 where c is a constant. Such oscillations are not always stable. The method of this paper allows the prediction of the stability of the modes in terms of the amplitudes of the oscillations and the parameters of the equations of motion. Analog-computer results are presented which confirm the theoretical predictions.

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