Global Analysis and Simulation of Mechanical Systems with Time-Varying Topologies

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Yu Wang

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 21228

J. Mech. Des 115(4), 817-821 (Dec 01, 1993) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919273 History: Received January 01, 1990; Revised April 01, 1991; Online June 02, 2008


We apply the discrete time model of a mechanical system with time-varying topologies to determine its regions of stability. The backward mapping method is applied and the associated numerical properties are discussed. The model is combined with conventional numerical techniques to form a computer simulation system which is more reliable and accurate in handling the topological changes. The simulation results of an example system are presented.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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