The dynamic response of a structure exhibiting nonlinear stiffness characteristics and excited by a nonzero mean oscillatory fluid flow is investigated. Both the method of averaging and a multi-frequency incremental harmonic balance approach are used in understanding the primary and secondary resonances in the response. Several parameter studies are presented where the results of these two methods are compared with those obtained by numerical integration and are discussed in detail. The results point to the need for a multi-frequency solution formulation for accurate representation of the response offset and to the difficulties of using the standard method of averaging formulation for investigation of secondary resonances in the response of this system.

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