Topological Reaction Force Analysis

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J. R. Milner

Desktop Computer Division, Hewlet - Packard, Loveland, Colo.

D. A. Smith

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo.

J. Mech. Des 101(2), 192-198 (Apr 01, 1979) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3454039 History: Received June 25, 1978; Online October 21, 2010


A method of using directed linear graphs for the determination of reaction forces in dynamic mechanical systems is developed. The method is compatible with other more classical techniques for calculating reaction forces and results in a more efficient computational approach than alternative methods. Example problems are discussed and analyzed using these topological techniques.

Copyright © 1979 by ASME
Topics: Force
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