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I have a nonlinear ODE in the following form:

a x'' + b |x'|x' + c x' + d x = y

where x and y are functions of time and a,b,c and d are constants. As far as I can tell the only way to solve this is numerically, something I've managed to do successfully using a Rung-Kutta scheme. This however is a lengthy calculation, since the driving function (y) is oscillatory I am mostly interested in the phase and magnitude of the response I am looking for an alternative method.

I'm wondering if I can use a Fourier series to represent the driving function y and then calculate the resulting Fourier series for x (actually it is the x' term I am most interested in) using an FFT? But I'm not sure if this is possible due to the nonlinear term in x'.

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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# Non-linear second order ODE

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