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Multi-body dynamics: historical evolution and application

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posted on 03.06.2009 by Homer Rahnejat
The historical developments in the discipline of engineering dynamics are briefly reviewed, with attention paid to the formulation and solution of the dynamic behaviour of multi-body systems. It is shown that the dynamic characteristics of practical multi-body systems are dependent upon the interactions of many physical phenomena that can induce, restrain or constrain motion of parts. The long process of understanding and formulating the physics of multi-body motions, in some cases with pioneering contributions centuries old, together with continual refinements in numerical techniques and enhanced computing power has resulted in the solution of quite complex and practical engineering problems. Linking the historical developments to the fundamental physical phenomena and their interactions, the paper presents solutions to two complex multi-body dynamic problems. The practical implications of the approach in design of these systems are highlighted.

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School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Citation

RAHNEJAT, H., 2000. Multi-body dynamics: historical evolution and application. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 214 (1), pp. 149-173

Publisher

Professional Engineering Publishing / © IMECHE

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publication date

2000

Notes

This article was published in the Journal, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science [© IMECHE]. The definitive version is available at: http://www.pepublishing.com/

ISSN

0954-4062

Language

en

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