The present work aims to study the effect of a nonlinear energy sink (NES) with relatively small mass on the dynamics of a coupled system under impulsion with free oscillations. The process of energy transfer is governed by structure of damped nonlinear normal modes of the system. In particular the energy pumping occurs if the nonlinear normal mode is quickly broken down with rather abrupt decrease of both amplitudes, i.e. a bifurcation (brutal change of frequency) is associated with the breakdown of the resonant regime of vibrations. The theoretical effects are experimentally verified with a mechanical experiment which confirms the above results by using a small building model. To identify those frequency migrations, a new wavelet-based methodology, namely quasi-continuous wavelet method, is used.

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