This article introduces a pendulum element to a 3-spring vibration isolator to achieve a high-static-low-dynamic (HSLD) stiffness or even quasi-zero stiffness (QZS) around the equilibrium position. Numerical simulation is given and the harmonic balance method (HBM) is used to obtain time responses for analysis. Effects of different parameters on the isolation performance are studied and summarized. Approximation force and displacement transmissibility of the system are calculated to evaluate the isolation performance. Comparisons are made with those of an equivalent linear isolator and the typical 1 degree-of-freedom (DOF) QZS isolator. Results show that the novel vibration isolator performs better than existing isolators under selected parameters. The left bent backbone of the novel isolator demonstrates evident softening geometric nonlinearity. Therefore, it achieves a wider frequency range of isolation than the linear 1DOF isolator and typical 3-spring QZS isolator. Moreover, the transmissibility of the novel isolator is smaller at higher frequencies as the jump phenomenon occurs on the left.

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