Construction of generalized pendulum equations with prescribed maximum number of limit cycles of the second kind
- Schneider, Klaus R.
- Grin, Alexander
2010 Mathematics Subject Classification
- 34C05 34C23
- generalized pendulum equation, limit cycles of the second kind, limit cycle of multiplicity three, bifurcation behavior, Dulac--Cherkas function
Consider a class of planar autonomous differential systems with cylindric phase space which represent generalized pendulum equations. We describe a method to construct such systems with prescribed maximum number of limit cycles which are not contractible to a point (limit cycles of the second kind). The underlying idea consists in employing Dulac-Cherkas functions. We also show how this approach can be used to control the bifurcation of multiple limit cycles.