We present the analysis of codimension-3 degenerate bifurcations of a simply supported flexible beam subjected to harmonic axial excitation. The equation of motion with quintic nonlinear terms and the parametrical excitation for the simply supported flexible beam is derived. The main attention is focused on the dynamical properties of the global bifurcations including homoclinic bifurcations. With the aid of normal form theory, the explicit expressions of normal form associated with a double zero eigenvalues and Z2-symmetry for the averaged equations are obtained. Based on the normal form, it has been shown that a simply supported flexible beam subjected to the harmonic axial excitation can exhibit homoclinic bifurcations, multiple limit cycles, and jumping phenomena in amplitude modulated oscillations. Numerical simulations are also given to verify the good analytical predictions.

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