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  1. Modelling Hermetic Compressors Using Different Constraint Equations to Accommodate Multibody Dynamics and Hydrodynamic Lubrication

    Estupinan, Edgar Alberto; Santos, Ilmar

    2009-01-01

    elements are supported by fluid film bearings, where the hydrodynamic interaction forces are described by the Reynolds equation. The system of nonlinear equations is numerically solved for three different restrictive conditions of the motion of the crank, where the third case takes into account lateral and......In this work, the steps involved for the modelling of a reciprocating linear compressor are described in detail. The dynamics of the mechanical components are described with the help of multibody dynamics (rigid components) and finite elements method (flexible components). Some of the mechanical...

  2. Modelling Hermetic Compressors Using Different Constraint Equations to Accommodate Multibody Dynamics and Hydrodynamic Lubrication

    Estupinan, Edgar Alberto; Santos, Ilmar

    2009-01-01

    elements are supported by fluid film bearings, where the hydrodynamic interaction forces are described by the Reynolds equation. The system of nonlinear equations is numerically solved for three different restrictive conditions of the motion of the crank, where the third case takes into account lateral and...... tilting oscillations of the extremity of the crankshaft. The numerical results of the behaviour of the journal bearings for each case are presented giving some insights into design parameters such as, maximum oil film pressure, minimum oil film thickness, maximum vibration levels and dynamic reaction...... forces among machine components, looking for the optimization and application of active lubrication towards vibration reduction....

  3. Conference on Multibody Dynamics

    Multibody Dynamics : Computational Methods and Applications

    2014-01-01

    By having its origin in analytical and continuum mechanics, as well as in computer science and applied mathematics, multibody dynamics provides a basis for analysis and virtual prototyping of innovative applications in many fields of contemporary engineering. With the utilization of computational models and algorithms that classically belonged to different fields of applied science, multibody dynamics delivers reliable simulation platforms for diverse highly-developed industrial products such as vehicle and railway systems, aeronautical and space vehicles, robotic manipulators, smart structures, biomechanical applications and nano-technologies. The chapters of this volume are based on the revised and extended versions of the selected scientific papers from amongst 255 original contributions that have been accepted to be presented within the program of the distinguished international ECCOMAS conference. It reflects state-of-the-art in the advances of multibody dynamics, providing excellent insight in the recen...

  4. Substructured multibody molecular dynamics.

    Grest, Gary Stephen; Stevens, Mark Jackson; Plimpton, Steven James; Woolf, Thomas B. (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD); Lehoucq, Richard B.; Crozier, Paul Stewart; Ismail, Ahmed E.; Mukherjee, Rudranarayan M. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY); Draganescu, Andrei I.

    2006-11-01

    We have enhanced our parallel molecular dynamics (MD) simulation software LAMMPS (Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator, lammps.sandia.gov) to include many new features for accelerated simulation including articulated rigid body dynamics via coupling to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute code POEMS (Parallelizable Open-source Efficient Multibody Software). We use new features of the LAMMPS software package to investigate rhodopsin photoisomerization, and water model surface tension and capillary waves at the vapor-liquid interface. Finally, we motivate the recipes of MD for practitioners and researchers in numerical analysis and computational mechanics.

  5. Reduced gravity multibody dynamics testing

    Sillanpaa, Meija

    1993-01-01

    The Final Report on reduced gravity multibody dynamics testing is presented. Tests were conducted on board the NASA KC-135 RGA in Houston, Texas. The objective was to analyze the effects of large angle rotations on flexible, multi-segmented structures. The flight experiment was conducted to provide data which will be compared to the data gathered from ground tests of the same configurations. The flight and ground tested data will be used to validate the TREETOPS software, software which models dynamic multibody systems, and other multibody codes. The flight experiment consisted of seven complete flights on board the KC-135 RGA during two one-week periods. The first period of testing was 4-9 Apr. 1993. The second period of testing was 13-18 Jun. 1993.

  6. Computational Workbench for Multibody Dynamics

    Edmonds, Karina

    2007-01-01

    PyCraft is a computer program that provides an interactive, workbenchlike computing environment for developing and testing algorithms for multibody dynamics. Examples of multibody dynamic systems amenable to analysis with the help of PyCraft include land vehicles, spacecraft, robots, and molecular models. PyCraft is based on the Spatial-Operator- Algebra (SOA) formulation for multibody dynamics. The SOA operators enable construction of simple and compact representations of complex multibody dynamical equations. Within the Py-Craft computational workbench, users can, essentially, use the high-level SOA operator notation to represent the variety of dynamical quantities and algorithms and to perform computations interactively. PyCraft provides a Python-language interface to underlying C++ code. Working with SOA concepts, a user can create and manipulate Python-level operator classes in order to implement and evaluate new dynamical quantities and algorithms. During use of PyCraft, virtually all SOA-based algorithms are available for computational experiments.

  7. Multibody system dynamics, robotics and control

    Gerstmayr, Johannes

    2013-01-01

    The volume contains 19 contributions by international experts in the field of multibody system dynamics, robotics and control. The book aims to bridge the gap between the modeling of mechanical systems by means of multibody dynamics formulations and robotics. In the classical approach, a multibody dynamics model contains a very high level of detail, however, the application of such models to robotics or control is usually limited. The papers aim to connect the different scientific communities in multibody dynamics, robotics and control. Main topics are flexible multibody systems, humanoid robots, elastic robots, nonlinear control, optimal path planning, and identification.

  8. Solving Equations of Multibody Dynamics

    Jain, Abhinandan; Lim, Christopher

    2007-01-01

    Darts++ is a computer program for solving the equations of motion of a multibody system or of a multibody model of a dynamic system. It is intended especially for use in dynamical simulations performed in designing and analyzing, and developing software for the control of, complex mechanical systems. Darts++ is based on the Spatial-Operator- Algebra formulation for multibody dynamics. This software reads a description of a multibody system from a model data file, then constructs and implements an efficient algorithm that solves the dynamical equations of the system. The efficiency and, hence, the computational speed is sufficient to make Darts++ suitable for use in realtime closed-loop simulations. Darts++ features an object-oriented software architecture that enables reconfiguration of system topology at run time; in contrast, in related prior software, system topology is fixed during initialization. Darts++ provides an interface to scripting languages, including Tcl and Python, that enable the user to configure and interact with simulation objects at run time.

  9. Numerical methods in multibody dynamics

    Eich-Soellner, Edda

    1998-01-01

    Today computers play an important role in the development of complex mechanical systems, such as cars, railway vehicles or machines. Efficient simulation of these systems is only possible when based on methods that explore the strong link between numerics and computational mechanics. This book gives insight into modern techniques of numerical mathematics in the light of an interesting field of applications: multibody dynamics. The important interaction between modeling and solution techniques is demonstrated by using a simplified multibody model of a truck. Different versions of this mechanical model illustrate all key concepts in static and dynamic analysis as well as in parameter identification. The book focuses in particular on constrained mechanical systems. Their formulation in terms of differential-algebraic equations is the backbone of nearly all chapters. The book is written for students and teachers in numerical analysis and mechanical engineering as well as for engineers in industrial research labor...

  10. Concepts and formulations for spatial multibody dynamics

    Flores, Paulo

    2015-01-01

    This book will be particularly useful to those interested in multibody simulation (MBS) and the formulation for the dynamics of spatial multibody systems. The main types of coordinates that can be used in the formulation of the equations of motion of constrained multibody systems are described. The multibody system, made of interconnected bodies that undergo large displacements and rotations, is fully defined. Readers will discover how Cartesian coordinates and Euler parameters are utilized and are the supporting structure for all methodologies and dynamic analysis, developed within the multibody systems methodologies. The work also covers the constraint equations associated with the basic kinematic joints, as well as those related to the constraints between two vectors. The formulation of multibody systems adopted here uses the generalized coordinates and the Newton-Euler approach to derive the equations of motion. This formulation results in the establishment of a mixed set of differential and algebraic equ...

  11. Spatial Operator Algebra for multibody system dynamics

    Rodriguez, G.; Jain, A.; Kreutz-Delgado, K.

    1992-01-01

    The Spatial Operator Algebra framework for the dynamics of general multibody systems is described. The use of a spatial operator-based methodology permits the formulation of the dynamical equations of motion of multibody systems in a concise and systematic way. The dynamical equations of progressively more complex grid multibody systems are developed in an evolutionary manner beginning with a serial chain system, followed by a tree topology system and finally, systems with arbitrary closed loops. Operator factorizations and identities are used to develop novel recursive algorithms for the forward dynamics of systems with closed loops. Extensions required to deal with flexible elements are also discussed.

  12. ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Multibody Dynamics

    Multibody Dynamics : Computational Methods and Applications

    2016-01-01

    This book includes selected papers from the ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Multibody Dynamics, that took place in Barcelona, Spain, from June 29 to July 2, 2015. By having its origin in analytical and continuum mechanics, as well as in computer science and applied mathematics, multibody dynamics provides a basis for analysis and virtual prototyping of innovative applications in many fields of contemporary engineering. With the utilization of computational models and algorithms that classically belonged to different fields of applied science, multibody dynamics delivers reliable simulation platforms for diverse highly-developed industrial products such as vehicle and railway systems, aeronautical and space vehicles, robotic manipulators, smart structures, biomechanical systems,and nanotechnologies.

  13. Contact force models for multibody dynamics

    Flores, Paulo

    2016-01-01

    This book analyzes several compliant contact force models within the context of multibody dynamics, while also revisiting the main issues associated with fundamental contact mechanics. In particular, it presents various contact force models, from linear to nonlinear, from purely elastic to dissipative, and describes their parameters. Addressing the different numerical methods and algorithms for contact problems in multibody systems, the book describes the gross motion of multibody systems by using a two-dimensional formulation based on the absolute coordinates and employs different contact models to represent contact-impact events. Results for selected planar multibody mechanical systems are presented and utilized to discuss the main assumptions and procedures adopted throughout this work. The material provided here indicates that the prediction of the dynamic behavior of mechanical systems involving contact-impact strongly depends on the choice of contact force model. In short, the book provides a comprehens...

  14. A Unifying Multibody Dynamics Algorithm Development Workbench

    Ziegler, John L.

    2005-01-01

    The development of new and efficient algorithms for multibody dynamics has been an important research area. These algorithms are used for modeling, simulation, and control of systems such as spacecraft, robotic systems, automotive applications, the human body, manufacturing operations, and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). At JPL's Dynamics and Real Time Simulation (DARTS) Laboratory we have developed software that serves as a computational workbench for these algorithms. This software utilizes the mathematical perspective of the spatial operator algebra, which allows the development of dynamics algorithms and new insights into multibody dynamics.

  15. A DAE Approach to Flexible Multibody Dynamics

    The present work deals with the dynamics of multibody systems consisting of rigid bodies and beams. Nonlinear finite element methods are used to devise a frame-indifferent spaced is cretization of the underlying geometrically exact beam theory. Both rigid bodies and semi-discrete beams are viewed as finite-dimensional dynamical systems with holonomic constraints. The equations of motion pertaining to the constrained mechanical systems under consideration take the form of Differential Algebraic Equations (DAEs).The DAEs are discretized directly by applying a Galerkin-based method. It is shown that the proposed DAE approach provides a unified framework for the integration of flexible multibody dynamics

  16. Assumed modes method and flexible multibody dynamics

    Tadikonda, S. S. K.; Mordfin, T. G.; Hu, T. G.

    1993-01-01

    The use of assumed modes in flexible multibody dynamics algorithms requires the evaluation of several domain dependent integrals that are affected by the type of modes used. The implications of these integrals - often called zeroth, first and second order terms - are investigated in this paper, for arbitrarily shaped bodies. Guidelines are developed for the use of appropriate boundary conditions while generating the component modal models. The issue of whether and which higher order terms must be retained is also addressed. Analytical results, and numerical results using the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System as the multibody system, are presented to qualitatively and quantitatively address these issues.

  17. ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Multibody Dynamics

    Fisette, Paul; Multibody Dynamics : Computational Methods and Applications

    2013-01-01

    This volume provides the international multibody dynamics community with an up-to-date view on the state of the art in this rapidly growing field of research which now plays a central role in the modeling, analysis, simulation and optimization of mechanical systems in a variety of fields and for a wide range of industrial applications. This book contains selected contributions delivered at the ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Multibody Dynamics, which was held in Brussels, Belgium and organized by the Université catholique de Louvain, from 4th to 7th July 2011.  Each paper reflects the State-of-Art in the application of Multibody Dynamics to different areas of engineering. They are enlarged and revised versions of the communications, which were enhanced in terms of self-containment and tutorial quality by the authors. The result is a comprehensive text that constitutes a valuable reference for researchers and design engineers which helps to appraise the potential for the application of multibody dynamics meth...

  18. Investigation of Boundary Conditions for Flexible Multibody Spacecraft Dynamics

    MacLean, John R.; Huynh, An; Quiocho, Leslie J.

    2007-01-01

    In support of both the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs, a set of generic multibody dynamics algorithms integrated within the Trick simulation environment have addressed the variety of on-orbit manipulator simulation requirements for engineering analysis, procedures development and crew familiarization/training at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). Enhancements to these dynamics algorithms are now being driven by a new set of Constellation program requirements for flexible multibody spacecraft simulation. One particular issue that has been discussed within the NASA community is the assumption of cantilever-type flexible body boundary conditions. This assumption has been commonly utilized within manipulator multibody dynamics formulations as it simplifies the computation of relative motion for articulated flexible topologies. Moreover, its use for modeling of space-based manipulators such as the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS) and Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) has been extensively validated against flight data. For more general flexible spacecraft applications, however, the assumption of cantilever-type boundary conditions may not be sufficient. This paper describes the boundary condition assumptions that were used in the original formulation, demonstrates that this formulation can be augmented to accommodate systems in which the assumption of cantilever boundary conditions no longer applies, and verifies the approach through comparison with an independent model previously validated against experimental hardware test data from a spacecraft flexible dynamics emulator.

  19. Spatial operator algebra for flexible multibody dynamics

    Jain, A.; Rodriguez, G.

    1993-01-01

    This paper presents an approach to modeling the dynamics of flexible multibody systems such as flexible spacecraft and limber space robotic systems. A large number of degrees of freedom and complex dynamic interactions are typical in these systems. This paper uses spatial operators to develop efficient recursive algorithms for the dynamics of these systems. This approach very efficiently manages complexity by means of a hierarchy of mathematical operations.

  20. Fast Parallel Computation Of Multibody Dynamics

    Fijany, Amir; Kwan, Gregory L.; Bagherzadeh, Nader

    1996-01-01

    Constraint-force algorithm fast, efficient, parallel-computation algorithm for solving forward dynamics problem of multibody system like robot arm or vehicle. Solves problem in minimum time proportional to log(N) by use of optimal number of processors proportional to N, where N is number of dynamical degrees of freedom: in this sense, constraint-force algorithm both time-optimal and processor-optimal parallel-processing algorithm.

  1. Planar multibody dynamics formulation, programming and applications

    Nikravesh, Parviz E

    2007-01-01

    Introduction Multibody Mechanical Systems Types of Analyses Methods of Formulation Computer Programming Application Examples Unit System Remarks Preliminaries Reference Axes Scalars and Vectors Matrices Vector, Array, and Matrix Differentiation Equations and Expressions Remarks Problems Fundamentals of Kinematics A Particle Kinematics of a Rigid Body Definitions Remarks Problems Fundamentals of Dynamics Newton's Laws of Motion Dynamics of a Body Force Elements Applied Forces Reaction Force Remarks Problems Point-Coordinates: Kinematics Multipoint

  2. A residual flexibility approach to multibody dynamics

    Blelloch, Paul A.; Antal, Gregory W.

    1993-01-01

    Many complex systems can be modeled as a collection of interacting bodies, where the relative motion of the bodies may be large. The dynamics of such systems are simulated using multibody dynamic formulations. Many of these treat each body as a rigid component, but recently the flexibility of the components has been incorporated. This paper presents a residual flexibility formulation of the multibody dynamics problem. The formulation is very simple and offers great computational efficiency since it treats each body as a free structure in space, interacting with other bodies only through interface forces. Each body's accelerations can be solved independently, as can each set of interface forces. We have applied the technique successfully to several special applications, and the initial implementation in a general mechanisms code has given excellent results in comparison to a direct finite element representation of flexibility.

  3. Simbody: multibody dynamics for biomedical research

    Sherman, Michael A.; Seth, Ajay; Delp, Scott L.

    2011-01-01

    Multibody software designed for mechanical engineering has been successfully employed in biomedical research for many years. For real time operation some biomedical researchers have also adapted game physics engines. However, these tools were built for other purposes and do not fully address the needs of biomedical researchers using them to analyze the dynamics of biological structures and make clinically meaningful recommendations. We are addressing this problem through the development of an...

  4. Elastic Multibody Dynamics A Direct Ritz Approach

    Bremer, H

    2008-01-01

    This textbook is an introduction to and exploration of a number of core topics in the field of applied mechanics: On the basis of Lagrange's Principle, a Central Equation of Dynamics is presented which yields a unified view on existing methods. From these, the Projection Equation is selected for the derivation of the motion equations of holonomic and of non-holonomic systems. The method is applied to rigid multibody systems where the rigid body is defined such that, by relaxation of the rigidity constraints, one can directly proceed to elastic bodies. A decomposition into subsystems leads to a minimal representation and to a recursive representation, respectively, of the equations of motion. Applied to elastic multibody systems one obtains, along with the use of spatial operators, a straight-on procedure for the interconnected partial and ordinary differential equations and the corresponding boundary conditions. The spatial operators are eventually applied to a RITZ series for approximation. The resulting equ...

  5. Graph Theoretic Foundations of Multibody Dynamics Part I: Structural Properties

    Jain, Abhinandan

    2011-01-01

    This is the first part of two papers that use concepts from graph theory to obtain a deeper understanding of the mathematical foundations of multibody dynamics. The key contribution is the development of a unifying framework that shows that key analytical results and computational algorithms in multibody dynamics are a direct consequence of structural properties and require minimal assumptions about the specific nature of the underlying multibody system. This first part focuses on identifying...

  6. Developments of multibody system dynamics: computer simulations and experiments

    It is an exceptional success when multibody dynamics researchers Multibody System Dynamics journal one of the most highly ranked journals in the last 10 years. In the inaugural issue, Professor Schiehlen wrote an interesting article explaining the roots and perspectives of multibody system dynamics. Professor Shabana also wrote an interesting article to review developments in flexible multibody dynamics. The application possibilities of multibody system dynamics have grown wider and deeper, with many application examples being introduced with multibody techniques in the past 10 years. In this paper, the development of multibody dynamics is briefly reviewed and several applications of multibody dynamics are described according to the author's research results. Simulation examples are compared to physical experiments, which show reasonableness and accuracy of the multibody formulation applied to real problems. Computer simulations using the absolute nodal coordinate formulation (ANCF) were also compared to physical experiments; therefore, the validity of ANCF for large-displacement and large-deformation problems was shown. Physical experiments for large deformation problems include beam, plate, chain, and strip. Other research topics currently being carried out in the author's laboratory are also briefly explained

  7. G-DYN Multibody Dynamics Engine

    Acikmese, Behcet; Blackmore, James C.; Broderick, Daniel

    2011-01-01

    G-DYN is a multi-body dynamic simulation software engine that automatically assembles and integrates equations of motion for arbitrarily connected multibody dynamic systems. The algorithm behind G-DYN is based on a primal-dual formulation of the dynamics that captures the position and velocity vectors (primal variables) of each body and the interaction forces (dual variables) between bodies, which are particularly useful for control and estimation analysis and synthesis. It also takes full advantage of the spare matrix structure resulting from the system dynamics to numerically integrate the equations of motion efficiently. Furthermore, the dynamic model for each body can easily be replaced without re-deriving the overall equations of motion, and the assembly of the equations of motion is done automatically. G-DYN proved an essential software tool in the simulation of spacecraft systems used for small celestial body surface sampling, specifically in simulating touch-and-go (TAG) maneuvers of a robotic sampling system from a comet and asteroid. It is used extensively in validating mission concepts for small body sample return, such as Comet Odyssey and Galahad New Frontiers proposals.

  8. Multibody Dynamics of Very Flexible Damped Systems

    An efficient multibody dynamics formulation is presented for simulating the forward dynamics of open and closed loop mechanical systems comprised of rigid and flexible bodies interconnected by revolute, prismatic, free, and fixed joints. Geometrically nonlinear deformation of flexible bodies is included and the formulation does not impose restrictions on the representation of material damping within flexible bodies. The approach is based on Kane's equation without multipliers and the resulting formulation generates 2ndof+m first order ordinary differential equations directly where 2nd of is the smallest number of system degrees of freedom that can completely describe the system configuration and m is the number of loop closure velocity constraint equations. The equations are integrated numerically in the time domain to propagate the solution. Flexible bodies are discretized using a finite element approach. The mass and stiffness matrices for a six-degree-of-freedom planar beam element are developed including mass coupling terms, rotary inertia, centripetal and Coriolis forces, and geometric stiffening terms. The formulation is implemented in the general purpose multibody dynamics computer program 'flxdyn'. Extensive validation of the formulation and corresponding computer program is accomplished by comparing results with analytically derived equations, alternative approximate solutions, and benchmark problems selected from the literature. The formulation is found to perform well in terms of accuracy and solution efficiency. This article develops the formulation and presents a set of validation problems including a sliding pendulum, seven link mechanism, flexible beam spin-up problem, and flexible slider crank mechanism

  9. Multibody Dynamics of Very Flexible Damped Systems

    Langlois, R.G.; Anderson, R.J. [Queen' s University at Kingston, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Canada)

    1999-05-15

    An efficient multibody dynamics formulation is presented for simulating the forward dynamics of open and closed loop mechanical systems comprised of rigid and flexible bodies interconnected by revolute, prismatic, free, and fixed joints. Geometrically nonlinear deformation of flexible bodies is included and the formulation does not impose restrictions on the representation of material damping within flexible bodies. The approach is based on Kane's equation without multipliers and the resulting formulation generates 2ndof+m first order ordinary differential equations directly where 2nd of is the smallest number of system degrees of freedom that can completely describe the system configuration and m is the number of loop closure velocity constraint equations. The equations are integrated numerically in the time domain to propagate the solution. Flexible bodies are discretized using a finite element approach. The mass and stiffness matrices for a six-degree-of-freedom planar beam element are developed including mass coupling terms, rotary inertia, centripetal and Coriolis forces, and geometric stiffening terms. The formulation is implemented in the general purpose multibody dynamics computer program 'flxdyn'. Extensive validation of the formulation and corresponding computer program is accomplished by comparing results with analytically derived equations, alternative approximate solutions, and benchmark problems selected from the literature. The formulation is found to perform well in terms of accuracy and solution efficiency. This article develops the formulation and presents a set of validation problems including a sliding pendulum, seven link mechanism, flexible beam spin-up problem, and flexible slider crank mechanism.

  10. Constraint Embedding Technique for Multibody System Dynamics

    Woo, Simon S.; Cheng, Michael K.

    2011-01-01

    Multibody dynamics play a critical role in simulation testbeds for space missions. There has been a considerable interest in the development of efficient computational algorithms for solving the dynamics of multibody systems. Mass matrix factorization and inversion techniques and the O(N) class of forward dynamics algorithms developed using a spatial operator algebra stand out as important breakthrough on this front. Techniques such as these provide the efficient algorithms and methods for the application and implementation of such multibody dynamics models. However, these methods are limited only to tree-topology multibody systems. Closed-chain topology systems require different techniques that are not as efficient or as broad as those for tree-topology systems. The closed-chain forward dynamics approach consists of treating the closed-chain topology as a tree-topology system subject to additional closure constraints. The resulting forward dynamics solution consists of: (a) ignoring the closure constraints and using the O(N) algorithm to solve for the free unconstrained accelerations for the system; (b) using the tree-topology solution to compute a correction force to enforce the closure constraints; and (c) correcting the unconstrained accelerations with correction accelerations resulting from the correction forces. This constraint-embedding technique shows how to use direct embedding to eliminate local closure-loops in the system and effectively convert the system back to a tree-topology system. At this point, standard tree-topology techniques can be brought to bear on the problem. The approach uses a spatial operator algebra approach to formulating the equations of motion. The operators are block-partitioned around the local body subgroups to convert them into aggregate bodies. Mass matrix operator factorization and inversion techniques are applied to the reformulated tree-topology system. Thus in essence, the new technique allows conversion of a system with

  11. Geometric stiffening in multibody dynamics formulations

    Sharf, Inna

    1993-01-01

    In this paper we discuss the issue of geometric stiffening as it arises in the context of multibody dynamics. This topic has been treated in a number of previous publications in this journal and appears to be a debated subject. The controversy revolves primarily around the 'correct' methodology for incorporating the stiffening effect into dynamics formulations. The main goal of this work is to present the different approaches that have been developed for this problem through an in-depth review of several publications dealing with this subject. This is done with the goal of contributing to a precise understanding of the existing methodologies for modelling the stiffening effects in multibody systems. Thus, in presenting the material we attempt to illuminate the key characteristics of the various methods as well as show how they relate to each other. In addition, we offer a number of novel insights and clarifying interpretations of these schemes. The paper is completed with a general classification and comparison of the different approaches.

  12. Constraint Embedding for Multibody System Dynamics

    Jain, Abhinandan

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes a constraint embedding approach for the handling of local closure constraints in multibody system dynamics. The approach uses spatial operator techniques to eliminate local-loop constraints from the system and effectively convert the system into tree-topology systems. This approach allows the direct derivation of recursive O(N) techniques for solving the system dynamics and avoiding the expensive steps that would otherwise be required for handling the closedchain dynamics. The approach is very effective for systems where the constraints are confined to small-subgraphs within the system topology. The paper provides background on the spatial operator O(N) algorithms, the extensions for handling embedded constraints, and concludes with some examples of such constraints.

  13. Spatial operator algebra framework for multibody system dynamics

    Rodriguez, G.; Jain, Abhinandan; Kreutz, K.

    1989-01-01

    The Spatial Operator Algebra framework for the dynamics of general multibody systems is described. The use of a spatial operator-based methodology permits the formulation of the dynamical equations of motion of multibody systems in a concise and systematic way. The dynamical equations of progressively more complex grid multibody systems are developed in an evolutionary manner beginning with a serial chain system, followed by a tree topology system and finally, systems with arbitrary closed loops. Operator factorizations and identities are used to develop novel recursive algorithms for the forward dynamics of systems with closed loops. Extensions required to deal with flexible elements are also discussed.

  14. Recursive dynamics for flexible multibody systems using spatial operators

    Jain, A.; Rodriguez, G.

    1990-01-01

    Due to their structural flexibility, spacecraft and space manipulators are multibody systems with complex dynamics and possess a large number of degrees of freedom. Here the spatial operator algebra methodology is used to develop a new dynamics formulation and spatially recursive algorithms for such flexible multibody systems. A key feature of the formulation is that the operator description of the flexible system dynamics is identical in form to the corresponding operator description of the dynamics of rigid multibody systems. A significant advantage of this unifying approach is that it allows ideas and techniques for rigid multibody systems to be easily applied to flexible multibody systems. The algorithms use standard finite-element and assumed modes models for the individual body deformation. A Newton-Euler Operator Factorization of the mass matrix of the multibody system is first developed. It forms the basis for recursive algorithms such as for the inverse dynamics, the computation of the mass matrix, and the composite body forward dynamics for the system. Subsequently, an alternative Innovations Operator Factorization of the mass matrix, each of whose factors is invertible, is developed. It leads to an operator expression for the inverse of the mass matrix, and forms the basis for the recursive articulated body forward dynamics algorithm for the flexible multibody system. For simplicity, most of the development here focuses on serial chain multibody systems. However, extensions of the algorithms to general topology flexible multibody systems are described. While the computational cost of the algorithms depends on factors such as the topology and the amount of flexibility in the multibody system, in general, it appears that in contrast to the rigid multibody case, the articulated body forward dynamics algorithm is the more efficient algorithm for flexible multibody systems containing even a small number of flexible bodies. The variety of algorithms described

  15. An Earth multi-body system elasticity and plasticity dynamics model

    ZHANG Qingxian; BI Siwen; GONG Huili

    2006-01-01

    Research on the elasticity and plasticity dynamics of the Earth multi-body system, including the Earth multi-body system stratum-block's equivalent inertia force system and generalized inertia force, the Earth multi-body system stratum-block's equivalent inertia force system expressed with partial velocity and partial palstance, and Earth multi-body system generalized inertia force expressed with partial velocity and partial palstance. This research provides a theoretical foundation for further investigation of Earth multi-body dynamics.

  16. Simulation studies using multibody dynamics code DART

    Keat, James E.

    1989-01-01

    DART is a multibody dynamics code developed by Photon Research Associates for the Air Force Astronautics Laboratory (AFAL). The code is intended primarily to simulate the dynamics of large space structures, particularly during the deployment phase of their missions. DART integrates nonlinear equations of motion numerically. The number of bodies in the system being simulated is arbitrary. The bodies' interconnection joints can have an arbitrary number of degrees of freedom between 0 and 6. Motions across the joints can be large. Provision for simulating on-board control systems is provided. Conservation of energy and momentum, when applicable, are used to evaluate DART's performance. After a brief description of DART, studies made to test the program prior to its delivery to AFAL are described. The first is a large angle reorientating of a flexible spacecraft consisting of a rigid central hub and four flexible booms. Reorientation was accomplished by a single-cycle sine wave shape torque input. In the second study, an appendage, mounted on a spacecraft, was slewed through a large angle. Four closed-loop control systems provided control of this appendage and of the spacecraft's attitude. The third study simulated the deployment of the rim of a bicycle wheel configuration large space structure. This system contained 18 bodies. An interesting and unexpected feature of the dynamics was a pulsing phenomena experienced by the stays whole playout was used to control the deployment. A short description of the current status of DART is given.

  17. Recursive flexible multibody system dynamics using spatial operators

    Jain, A.; Rodriguez, G.

    1992-01-01

    This paper uses spatial operators to develop new spatially recursive dynamics algorithms for flexible multibody systems. The operator description of the dynamics is identical to that for rigid multibody systems. Assumed-mode models are used for the deformation of each individual body. The algorithms are based on two spatial operator factorizations of the system mass matrix. The first (Newton-Euler) factorization of the mass matrix leads to recursive algorithms for the inverse dynamics, mass matrix evaluation, and composite-body forward dynamics for the systems. The second (innovations) factorization of the mass matrix, leads to an operator expression for the mass matrix inverse and to a recursive articulated-body forward dynamics algorithm. The primary focus is on serial chains, but extensions to general topologies are also described. A comparison of computational costs shows that the articulated-body, forward dynamics algorithm is much more efficient than the composite-body algorithm for most flexible multibody systems.

  18. Flexible joints in structural and multibody dynamics

    O. A. Bauchau

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Flexible joints, sometimes called bushing elements or force elements, are found in all structural and multibody dynamics codes. In their simplest form, flexible joints simply consist of sets of three linear and three torsional springs placed between two nodes of the model. For infinitesimal deformations, the selection of the lumped spring constants is an easy task, which can be based on a numerical simulation of the joint or on experimental measurements. If the joint undergoes finite deformations, identification of its stiffness characteristics is not so simple, specially if the joint is itself a complex system. When finite deformations occur, the definition of deformation measures becomes a critical issue. This paper proposes a family of tensorial deformation measures suitable for elastic bodies of finite dimension. These families are generated by two parameters that can be used to modify the constitutive behavior of the joint, while maintaining the tensorial nature of the deformation measures. Numerical results demonstrate the objectivity of the deformations measures, a feature that is not shared by the deformations measures presently used in the literature. The impact of the choice of the two parameters on the constitutive behavior of the flexible joint is also investigated.

  19. Dynamic modeling of flexible multibody systems with parameter uncertainty

    Dynamic models of practical multibody systems may have inaccuracies which are due to parameter uncertainties. These parameter uncertainties are caused by factors such as joint clearances, friction, lubrication, material non-uniformities and manufacturing and assembly errors. In this paper, a model for the determination of the impact of the stochastic behavior of model parameters on the dynamic response of a system is developed. In the method presented, it is assumed that deformations remain small, so that linearized equations for the dynamics of the flexible multibody systems with 'dynamic stiffening terms' could be obtained. The Monte-Carlo method and the perturbation method are successfully used to simulate multibody systems with parameter uncertainties using the governing equations developed. An example of a flexible beam is used to demonstrate the method

  20. Roller-chain Drives Mechanics using Multibody Dynamics Tools

    Ambrosio, Jorge A. C.; Hansen, John Michael

    1999-01-01

    An integrated model for the simulation of roller-chain drives based on a multibody dynamics methodology is presented here in order to describeits complex dynamic behavior. The chain is modeled by masses lumped at the roller locations and connected by translational spring-damper elements in order ...

  1. Graph Theoretic Foundations of Multibody Dynamics Part I: Structural Properties.

    Jain, Abhinandan

    2011-06-21

    This is the first part of two papers that use concepts from graph theory to obtain a deeper understanding of the mathematical foundations of multibody dynamics. The key contribution is the development of a unifying framework that shows that key analytical results and computational algorithms in multibody dynamics are a direct consequence of structural properties and require minimal assumptions about the specific nature of the underlying multibody system. This first part focuses on identifying the abstract graph theoretic structural properties of spatial operator techniques in multibody dynamics. The second part paper exploits these structural properties to develop a broad spectrum of analytical results and computational algorithms.Towards this, we begin with the notion of graph adjacency matrices and generalize it to define block-weighted adjacency (BWA) matrices and their 1-resolvents. Previously developed spatial operators are shown to be special cases of such BWA matrices and their 1-resolvents. These properties are shown to hold broadly for serial and tree topology multibody systems. Specializations of the BWA and 1-resolvent matrices are referred to as spatial kernel operators (SKO) and spatial propagation operators (SPO). These operators and their special properties provide the foundation for the analytical and algorithmic techniques developed in the companion paper.We also use the graph theory concepts to study the topology induced sparsity structure of these operators and the system mass matrix. Similarity transformations of these operators are also studied. While the detailed development is done for the case of rigid-link multibody systems, the extension of these techniques to a broader class of systems (e.g. deformable links) are illustrated. PMID:22102790

  2. System Reduction in Multibody Dynamics of Wind Turbines

    Holm-Jørgensen, Kristian; Nielsen, Søren R.K.

    2009-01-01

    Abstract A system reduction scheme is devised related to a multibody formulation from which the dynamic response of a wind turbine is determined. In this formulation each substructure is described in its own frame of reference, which is moving freely in the vicinity of the moving substructure. The...

  3. Dynamic Response Calculation of Spatial Elastic Multibody Systems with High-Frequency Excitation

    The objective of this paper is to establish a computational scheme for dynamic response calculations of a three-dimensional multibody mechanical system with impulsive forces, which give rise to high-frequency excitations. The finite-element method is employed to represent the local deformations of three-dimensional beam-like elastic components by either a finite set of nodal coordinates or a truncated set of modal coordinates. A reduced-order model is obtained by invoking a modal transformation. Both planar and complex modal reduction schemes are established. The developed formulation is implemented into a multibody simulation program that assembles the equations of motion and proceeds with its solution. The computational scheme permits a change in the basis of the modal space in order to regulate the admittance of higher frequencies and to accommodate any change in the kinematic configuration. Numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the applicability of the developed computational scheme

  4. Isogeometric shell discretizations for flexible multibody dynamics

    Goyal, Anmol, E-mail: goyal@mathematik.uni-kl.de; Doerfel, Michael R., E-mail: michael.doerfel@web.de; Simeon, Bernd, E-mail: simeon@mathematik.uni-kl.de; Vuong, Anh-Vu, E-mail: vuong@mathematik.uni-kl.de [Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern, Felix Klein Zentrum fuer Mathematik, FB Mathematik (Germany)

    2013-08-01

    This work aims at including nonlinear elastic shell models in a multibody framework. We focus our attention to Kirchhoff-Love shells and explore the benefits of an isogeometric approach, the latest development in finite element methods, within a multibody system. Isogeometric analysis extends isoparameteric finite elements to more general functions such as B-splines and NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines) and works on exact geometry representations even at the coarsest level of discretizations. Using NURBS as basis functions, high regularity requirements of the shell model, which are difficult to achieve with standard finite elements, are easily fulfilled. A particular advantage is the promise of simplifying the mesh generation step, and mesh refinement is easily performed by eliminating the need for communication with the geometry representation in a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) tool. Target applications are wind turbine blades and twist beam rear suspensions. First numerical examples demonstrate an impressive convergence behavior of the isogeometric approach even for a coarse mesh, while offering substantial savings with respect to the number of degrees of freedom.

  5. Isogeometric shell discretizations for flexible multibody dynamics

    This work aims at including nonlinear elastic shell models in a multibody framework. We focus our attention to Kirchhoff–Love shells and explore the benefits of an isogeometric approach, the latest development in finite element methods, within a multibody system. Isogeometric analysis extends isoparameteric finite elements to more general functions such as B-splines and NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines) and works on exact geometry representations even at the coarsest level of discretizations. Using NURBS as basis functions, high regularity requirements of the shell model, which are difficult to achieve with standard finite elements, are easily fulfilled. A particular advantage is the promise of simplifying the mesh generation step, and mesh refinement is easily performed by eliminating the need for communication with the geometry representation in a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) tool. Target applications are wind turbine blades and twist beam rear suspensions. First numerical examples demonstrate an impressive convergence behavior of the isogeometric approach even for a coarse mesh, while offering substantial savings with respect to the number of degrees of freedom

  6. Absolute nodal coordinate plane beam formulation for multibody systems dynamics

    A new plane beam dynamic formulation for constrained multibody system dynamics is developed. Flexible multibody system dynamics includes rigid body dynamics and superimposed vibratory motions. The complexity of mechanical system dynamics originates from rotational kinematics, but the natural coordinate formulation does not use rotational coordinates, so that simple dynamic formulation is possible. These methods use only translational coordinates and simple algebraic constraints. A new formulation for plane flexible multibody systems are developed utilizing the curvature of a beam and point masses. Using absolute nodal coordinates, a constant mass matrix is obtained and the elastic force becomes a nonlinear function of the nodal coordinates. In this formulation, no infinitesimal or finite rotation assumptions are used and no assumption on the magnitude of the element rotations is made. The distributed body mass and applied forces are lumped to the point masses. Closed loop mechanical systems consisting of elastic beams can be modeled without constraints since the loop closure constraints can be substituted as beam longitudinal elasticity. A curved beam is modeled automatically. Several numerical examples are presented to show the effectiveness of this method.

  7. Absolute nodal coordinate plane beam formulation for multibody systems dynamics

    Souh, Byungyil, E-mail: bysouh@dyu.ac.kr [Dongyang University (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-06-15

    A new plane beam dynamic formulation for constrained multibody system dynamics is developed. Flexible multibody system dynamics includes rigid body dynamics and superimposed vibratory motions. The complexity of mechanical system dynamics originates from rotational kinematics, but the natural coordinate formulation does not use rotational coordinates, so that simple dynamic formulation is possible. These methods use only translational coordinates and simple algebraic constraints. A new formulation for plane flexible multibody systems are developed utilizing the curvature of a beam and point masses. Using absolute nodal coordinates, a constant mass matrix is obtained and the elastic force becomes a nonlinear function of the nodal coordinates. In this formulation, no infinitesimal or finite rotation assumptions are used and no assumption on the magnitude of the element rotations is made. The distributed body mass and applied forces are lumped to the point masses. Closed loop mechanical systems consisting of elastic beams can be modeled without constraints since the loop closure constraints can be substituted as beam longitudinal elasticity. A curved beam is modeled automatically. Several numerical examples are presented to show the effectiveness of this method.

  8. Nonlinear Multibody Dynamics of Wind Turbines

    Holm-Jørgensen, Kristian

    elastic eigenmodes. The second method is based on a Component Mode Synthesis method with constraint modes and fixed interface normal modes. Hereby, the coupling degrees of freedom between adjacent substructures are preserved for use in setting op the kinematical constraints which secure compatibility at......The continuing development of wind turbines aim at higher effect production and reducing the purchase and maintenance costs for the customers. This demands that the components in the wind turbine are optimized closer to the limit than previously. In order to determine the design loads it is...... necessary with a numericalmodel, which represents the reality as good as possible. For this purpose a flexible multibody formulation is suitable because large nonlinear geometric deformations of e.g. the blades can be accounted for while still having the possibility of modelling the remaining components...

  9. Reduced order component models for flexible multibody dynamics simulations

    Tsuha, Walter S.; Spanos, John T.

    1990-01-01

    Many flexible multibody dynamics simulation codes require some form of component description that properly characterizes the dynamic behavior of the system. A model reduction procedure for producing low order component models for flexible multibody simulation is described. Referred to as projection and assembly, the method is a Rayleigh-Ritz approach that uses partitions of the system modal matrix as component Ritz transformation matrices. It is shown that the projection and assembly method yields a reduced system model that preserves a specified set of the full order system modes. Unlike classical component mode synthesis methods, the exactness of the method described is obtained at the expense of having to compute the full order system modes. The paper provides a comprehensive description of the method, a proof of exactness, and numerical results demonstrating the method's effectiveness.

  10. Rigid multibody system dynamics with uncertain rigid bodies

    This paper is devoted to the construction of a probabilistic model of uncertain rigid bodies for multibody system dynamics. We first construct a stochastic model of an uncertain rigid body by replacing the mass, the center of mass, and the tensor of inertia by random variables. The prior probability distributions of the stochastic model are constructed using the maximum entropy principle under the constraints defined by the available information. The generators of independent realizations corresponding to the prior probability distribution of these random quantities are further developed. Then several uncertain rigid bodies can be linked to each other in order to calculate the random response of a multibody dynamical system. An application is proposed to illustrate the theoretical development.

  11. Dynamic analysis of multibody system immersed in a fluid medium

    This paper is concerned primarily with the development and evaluation of an analysis method for the response prediction of immersed multibody systems to seismic and other dynamic excitations. For immersed multibody systems to seismic and other dynamic excitations. For immersed multibody systems, the hydrodynamic interaction causes coupled motion among the solid bodies. Also, under intense external excitations, impact between bodies may occur. The complex character of such systems inhibit the use of conventional analytical solutions in closed form. Therefore, approximate numerical schemes have been devised. For an incompressible, inviscid fluid, the hydrodynamic forces exerted by the fluid on solid bodies are determined to be linearly proportional to the acceleration of the vibrating solid bodies; i.e., the presence of the fluid only affects the inertia of the solid body system. A finite element computer program has been developed for computing this hydrodynamic (or added) mass effect. This program can be used to determine the hydrodynamic mass of a two-dimensional fluid field with solid bodies of arbitrary geometry. Triangular elements and linear pressure interpolation function are used to discretize the fluid region. The component element method is used to determine the dynamic response of the multibody system to externally applied mechanical loading or support excitation. In the component element method, each structural body is modeled by component elements of conceptual spring-damper type. This method is particularly advantageous for systems having nonlinearities. Direct timewise numerical integration scheme is used to solve the governing dynamic equation of the system. Analytical study is carried out and compared with an experimental result for the forced vibration of 4 simply supported beams in water. Also studied is a case of 25 (5x5) beams within a square fluid-filled container by using two different approaches

  12. Nonrecursive formulations of multibody dynamics and concurrent multiprocessing

    Kurdila, Andrew J.; Menon, Ramesh

    1993-01-01

    Since the late 1980's, research in recursive formulations of multibody dynamics has flourished. Historically, much of this research can be traced to applications of low dimensionality in mechanism and vehicle dynamics. Indeed, there is little doubt that recursive order N methods are the method of choice for this class of systems. This approach has the advantage that a minimal number of coordinates are utilized, parallelism can be induced for certain system topologies, and the method is of order N computational cost for systems of N rigid bodies. Despite the fact that many authors have dismissed redundant coordinate formulations as being of order N(exp 3), and hence less attractive than recursive formulations, we present recent research that demonstrates that at least three distinct classes of redundant, nonrecursive multibody formulations consistently achieve order N computational cost for systems of rigid and/or flexible bodies. These formulations are as follows: (1) the preconditioned range space formulation; (2) penalty methods; and (3) augmented Lagrangian methods for nonlinear multibody dynamics. The first method can be traced to its foundation in equality constrained quadratic optimization, while the last two methods have been studied extensively in the context of coercive variational boundary value problems in computational mechanics. Until recently, however, they have not been investigated in the context of multibody simulation, and present theoretical questions unique to nonlinear dynamics. All of these nonrecursive methods have additional advantages with respect to recursive order N methods: (1) the formalisms retain the highly desirable order N computational cost; (2) the techniques are amenable to concurrent simulation strategies; (3) the approaches do not depend upon system topology to induce concurrency; and (4) the methods can be derived to balance the computational load automatically on concurrent multiprocessors. In addition to the presentation of

  13. Dynamic analysis of multibody system immersed in a fluid medium

    This paper is concerned primarily with the development and evaluation of an analysis method for the reponse prediction of immersed systems to seismic and other dynamic excitations. For immersed multibody systems, the hydrodynamic interaction causes coupled motion among the solid bodies. Also, under intense external excitations, impact between bodies may occur. The complex character of such systems inhibit the use of conventional analytical solutions in closed form. Therefore, approximate numerical schemes have been devised. For an incompressible, inviscid fluid, the hydrodynamic forces exerted by the fluid on solid bodies are determined to be linearly proportional to the acceleration of the vibrating solid bodies; i.e., the presence of the fluid only affects the inertia of the solid body system. A finite element computer program has been developed for computing this hydrodynamic (or added) mass effect. This program can be used to determine the hydrodynamic mass of a two-dimensional fluid field with solid bodies of arbitrary geometry. Triangular elements and linear pressure interpolation function are used to discretize the fluid region. The component element method is used to determine the dynamic response of the multibody system to externally applied mechanical loading or support excitation. The present analysis method for predicting the dynamic response of submerged multibody system is quite general and pertains to any number of solid bodies. However in this paper, its application is demonstrated only for 4 and 25 body systems. (Auth.)

  14. Linked-List-Based Multibody Dynamics (MBDyn) Engine

    MacLean, John; Brain, Thomas; Wuiocho, Leslie; Huynh, An; Ghosh, Tushar

    2012-01-01

    This new release of MBDyn is a software engine that calculates the dynamics states of kinematic, rigid, or flexible multibody systems. An MBDyn multibody system may consist of multiple groups of articulated chains, trees, or closed-loop topologies. Transient topologies are handled through conservation of energy and momentum. The solution for rigid-body systems is exact, and several configurable levels of nonlinear term fidelity are available for flexible dynamics systems. The algorithms have been optimized for efficiency and can be used for both non-real-time (NRT) and real-time (RT) simulations. Interfaces are currently compatible with NASA's Trick Simulation Environment. This new release represents a significant advance in capability and ease of use. The two most significant new additions are an application programming interface (API) that clarifies and simplifies use of MBDyn, and a link-list infrastructure that allows a single MBDyn instance to propagate an arbitrary number of interacting groups of multibody top ologies. MBDyn calculates state and state derivative vectors for integration using an external integration routine. A Trickcompatible interface is provided for initialization, data logging, integration, and input/output.

  15. A decoupled recursive approach for constrained flexible multibody system dynamics

    Lai, Hao-Jan; Kim, Sung-Soo; Haug, Edward J.; Bae, Dae-Sung

    1989-01-01

    A variational-vector calculus approach is employed to derive a recursive formulation for dynamic analysis of flexible multibody systems. Kinematic relationships for adjacent flexible bodies are derived in a companion paper, using a state vector notation that represents translational and rotational components simultaneously. Cartesian generalized coordinates are assigned for all body and joint reference frames, to explicitly formulate deformation kinematics under small deformation kinematics and an efficient flexible dynamics recursive algorithm is developed. Dynamic analysis of a closed loop robot is performed to illustrate efficiency of the algorithm.

  16. System Reduction in Nonlinear Multibody Dynamics of Wind Turbines

    Holm-Jørgensen, Kristian; Nielsen, Søren R.K.; Rubak, Rune

    2007-01-01

    . In the other case, the stiff body motion is defined as the chord line connecting the end points of the beam, and the elastic deformations are simply supported at the end points. The system reduction is performed by discretizing the spatial motion into a set of rigid body modes and linear elastic......In this paper the system reduction in nonlinear multibody dynamics of wind turbines is investigated for various updating schemes of the moving frame of reference. In one case, the moving frame of reference is updated to a stiff body, relative to which the elastic deformations are fixed at one end...

  17. Spatial operator approach to flexible multibody system dynamics and control

    Rodriguez, G.

    1991-01-01

    The inverse and forward dynamics problems for flexible multibody systems were solved using the techniques of spatially recursive Kalman filtering and smoothing. These algorithms are easily developed using a set of identities associated with mass matrix factorization and inversion. These identities are easily derived using the spatial operator algebra developed by the author. Current work is aimed at computational experiments with the described algorithms and at modelling for control design of limber manipulator systems. It is also aimed at handling and manipulation of flexible objects.

  18. General background and approach to multibody dynamics for space applications

    Santini, Paolo; Gasbarri, Paolo

    2009-06-01

    Multibody dynamics for space applications is dictated by space environment such as space-varying gravity forces, orbital and attitude perturbations, control forces if any. Several methods and formulations devoted to the modeling of flexible bodies undergoing large overall motions were developed in recent years. Most of these different formulations were aimed to face one of the main problems concerning the analysis of spacecraft dynamics namely the reduction of computer simulation time. By virtue of this, the use of symbolic manipulation, recursive formulation and parallel processing algorithms were proposed. All these approaches fall into two categories, the one based on Newton/Euler methods and the one based on Lagrangian methods; both of them have their advantages and disadvantages although in general, Newtonian approaches lend to a better understanding of the physics of problems and in particular of the magnitude of the reactions and of the corresponding structural stresses. Another important issue which must be addressed carefully in multibody space dynamics is relevant to a correct choice of kinematics variables. In fact, when dealing with flexible multibody system the resulting equations include two different types of state variables, the ones associated with large (rigid) displacements and the ones associated with elastic deformations. These two sets of variables have generally two different time scales if we think of the attitude motion of a satellite whose period of oscillation, due to the gravity gradient effects, is of the same order of magnitude as the orbital period, which is much bigger than the one associated with the structural vibration of the satellite itself. Therefore, the numerical integration of the equations of the system represents a challenging problem. This was the abstract and some of the arguments that Professor Paolo Santini intended to present for the Breakwell Lecture; unfortunately a deadly disease attacked him and shortly took him

  19. Numerical Solution for Stiff Dynamic Equations of Flexible Multibody System

    L(U) Yan-ping; WU Guo-rong

    2008-01-01

    A nonlinear numerical integration method, based on forward and backward Euler integration methods, is proposed for solving the stiff dynamic equations of a flexible multibody system, which are transformed from the second order to the first order by adop- ring state variables. This method is of A0 stability and infinity stability. The numerical solutions violating the constraint equations are corrected by Blajer's modification approach. Simulation results of a slider-crank mechanism by the proposed method are in good a- greement with ones from other literature.

  20. Decoupling Kinematic Loops for Real-Time Multibody Dynamic Simulations

    Omar Mohamed

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Earth moving equipment are typically equipped with hydraulic cylinder actuators to perform the designated tasks. Multibody modelling of such systems results in models with kinematic loops that couples the motion variables of the loop bodies. Iterative solutions will be needed to satisfy the loop constraints and the applied constraints, which require evaluation of the constraint Jacobean matrix. The size of the Jacobean matrix and the associated projections depends on the number of motion variables in each kinematic loop. Consequently, the computational cost significantly increases as the number of variables in the kinematic loop increases. Real-time control and hybrid hardware-in-the-loop systems both require efficient and fast computational algorithms. Eliminating the kinematic loops can improve the computational efficiency and effectiveness of the control algorithms. This paper presents an efficient approach to eliminate the coupling due to the cylinder-rod connections and consequently the kinematic loops in the multibody models leading to efficient simulation. The proposed approach calculates the spatial accelerations and inertia forces of the actuator bodies and the interaction forces with other components. The actuator forces are then projected onto the connecting bodies leading to exact dynamics of the system.

  1. Dynamics of underactuated multibody systems modeling, control and optimal design

    Seifried, Robert

    2014-01-01

    Underactuated multibody systems are intriguing mechatronic systems, as they possess fewer control inputs than degrees of freedom. Some examples are modern light-weight flexible robots and articulated manipulators with passive joints. This book investigates such underactuated multibody systems from an integrated perspective. This includes all major steps from the modeling of rigid and flexible multibody systems, through nonlinear control theory, to optimal system design. The underlying theories and techniques from these different fields are presented using a self-contained and unified approach and notation system. Subsequently, the book focuses on applications to large multibody systems with multiple degrees of freedom, which require a combination of symbolical and numerical procedures. Finally, an integrated, optimization-based design procedure is proposed, whereby both structural and control design are considered concurrently. Each chapter is supplemented by illustrated examples.

  2. Positional FEM formulation for flexible multi-body dynamic analysis

    Greco, M.; Coda, H. B.

    2006-03-01

    This paper presents a simple formulation to deal with flexible multi-body dynamic systems by the finite element method. The proposed methodology is based on the minimum potential energy theorem written regarding nodal positions. Velocity, acceleration and strain are achieved directly from positions, not displacements. A non-dimensional space is created and the relative curvature and fibers length are calculated for both reference and deformed configurations and used to calculate the strain energy at general points. The classical Newmark equations are used to integrate time. Damping is introduced into the mechanical system by a rheonomic energy functional. The final formulation has the advantage of being simple and easy to teach, when compared to classical counterparts. The behavior of a bench-mark problem (spin-up maneuver) is studied regarding the influence of mass representation on its overall transient and steady-state behavior. Three other examples are presented to show the applicability of the technique, namely, a flexible slider-crank mechanism, a flexible beam flight and a Peaucellier-type mechanism. The results are compared with other authors' numerical solutions.

  3. Automatic state partitioning for multibody systems (APM): an efficient algorithm for constructing Markov state models to elucidate conformational dynamics of multibody systems.

    Sheong, Fu Kit; Silva, Daniel-Adriano; Meng, Luming; Zhao, Yutong; Huang, Xuhui

    2015-01-13

    The conformational dynamics of multibody systems plays crucial roles in many important problems. Markov state models (MSMs) are powerful kinetic network models that can predict long-time-scale dynamics using many short molecular dynamics simulations. Although MSMs have been successfully applied to conformational changes of individual proteins, the analysis of multibody systems is still a challenge because of the complexity of the dynamics that occur on a mixture of drastically different time scales. In this work, we have developed a new algorithm, automatic state partitioning for multibody systems (APM), for constructing MSMs to elucidate the conformational dynamics of multibody systems. The APM algorithm effectively addresses different time scales in the multibody systems by directly incorporating dynamics into geometric clustering when identifying the metastable conformational states. We have applied the APM algorithm to a 2D potential that can mimic a protein-ligand binding system and the aggregation of two hydrophobic particles in water and have shown that it can yield tremendous enhancements in the computational efficiency of MSM construction and the accuracy of the models. PMID:26574199

  4. Structure-preserving integrators in nonlinear structural dynamics and flexible multibody dynamics

    2016-01-01

    This book focuses on structure-preserving numerical methods for flexible multibody dynamics, including nonlinear elastodynamics and geometrically exact models for beams and shells. It also deals with the newly emerging class of variational integrators as well as Lie-group integrators. It discusses two alternative approaches to the discretization in space of nonlinear beams and shells. Firstly, geometrically exact formulations, which are typically used in the finite element community and, secondly, the absolute nodal coordinate formulation, which is popular in the multibody dynamics community. Concerning the discretization in time, the energy-momentum method and its energy-decaying variants are discussed. It also addresses a number of issues that have arisen in the wake of the structure-preserving discretization in space. Among them are the parameterization of finite rotations, the incorporation of algebraic constraints and the computer implementation of the various numerical methods. The practical application...

  5. Nonlinear three-dimensional beam theory for flexible multibody dynamics

    In flexible multibody systems, it is convenient to approximate many structural components as beams or shells. Classical beam theories, such as Euler–Bernoulli beam theory, often form the basis of the analytical development for beam dynamics. The advantage of this approach is that it leads to a very simple kinematic representation of the problem: the beam’s section is assumed to remain plane and its displacement field is fully defined by three displacement and three rotation components. While such an approach is capable of capturing the kinetic energy of the system accurately, it cannot represent the strain energy adequately. This paper presents a different approach to the problem. Based on a finite element discretization of the cross-section, an exact solution of the theory of three-dimensional elasticity is developed. The proposed approach is based on the Hamiltonian formalism and leads to an expansion of the solution in terms of extremity and central solutions. Kinematically, the problem is decomposed into an arbitrarily large rigid-section motion and a warping field. The sectional strains associated with the rigid-section motion and the warping field are assumed to remain small. As a consequence of this kinematic decomposition, the governing equations of the problem fall into two distinct categories: the equations describing geometrically exact beams and those describing local deformations. The governing equations for geometrically exact beams are nonlinear, one-dimensional equations, whereas a linear, two-dimensional analysis provides the detailed distribution of three-dimensional stress and strain fields. Within the stated assumptions, the solutions presented here are the exact solution of three-dimensional elasticity for beams undergoing arbitrarily large motions

  6. Nonlinear three-dimensional beam theory for flexible multibody dynamics

    Han, Shilei; Bauchau, Olivier A., E-mail: olivier.bauchau@sjtu.edu.cn [University of Michigan–Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (China)

    2015-07-15

    In flexible multibody systems, it is convenient to approximate many structural components as beams or shells. Classical beam theories, such as Euler–Bernoulli beam theory, often form the basis of the analytical development for beam dynamics. The advantage of this approach is that it leads to a very simple kinematic representation of the problem: the beam’s section is assumed to remain plane and its displacement field is fully defined by three displacement and three rotation components. While such an approach is capable of capturing the kinetic energy of the system accurately, it cannot represent the strain energy adequately. This paper presents a different approach to the problem. Based on a finite element discretization of the cross-section, an exact solution of the theory of three-dimensional elasticity is developed. The proposed approach is based on the Hamiltonian formalism and leads to an expansion of the solution in terms of extremity and central solutions. Kinematically, the problem is decomposed into an arbitrarily large rigid-section motion and a warping field. The sectional strains associated with the rigid-section motion and the warping field are assumed to remain small. As a consequence of this kinematic decomposition, the governing equations of the problem fall into two distinct categories: the equations describing geometrically exact beams and those describing local deformations. The governing equations for geometrically exact beams are nonlinear, one-dimensional equations, whereas a linear, two-dimensional analysis provides the detailed distribution of three-dimensional stress and strain fields. Within the stated assumptions, the solutions presented here are the exact solution of three-dimensional elasticity for beams undergoing arbitrarily large motions.

  7. On geometric dynamics of rigid multi-body systems

    Stramigioli, Stefano; Duindam, Vincent

    2007-01-01

    Standard methods to model multibody systems are aimed at systems with configuration spaces isomorphic to Rn. This limitation leads to singularities and other artifacts in case the configuration space has a different topology, for example in the case of ball joints or a free-floating mechanism. This

  8. PACE: A test bed for the dynamics and control of flexible multibody systems

    Kwak, Moon K.; Smith, Monty J.; Das, Alok

    1993-01-01

    The Phillips Laboratory at Edwards AFB has constructed a test bed for the validation and comparison of modeling and control theories for the dynamics and control of flexible multibody systems. This project is called the Planar Articulating Controls Experiment (PACE). This paper presents the experimental apparatus for PACE and the problem formulation. An in-depth analysis on DC motor dynamics was also performed.

  9. Graph Theoretic Foundations of Multibody Dynamics Part II: Analysis and Algorithms.

    Jain, Abhinandan

    2011-10-01

    This second, of a two part paper, uses concepts from graph theory to obtain a deeper understanding of the mathematical foundations of multibody dynamics. The first part [7] established the block-weighted adjacency (BWA) matrix structure of spatial operators associated with serial and tree topology multibody system dynamics, and introduced the notions of spatial kernel operators (SKO) and spatial propagation operators (SPO). This paper builds upon these connections to show that key analytical results and computational algorithms are a direct consequence of these structural properties and require minimal assumptions about the specific nature of the underlying multibody system. We formalize this notion by introducing the notion of SKO models for general tree-topology multibody systems. We show that key analytical results, including mass matrix factorization, inversion, and decomposition hold for all SKO models. It is also shown that key low-order scatter/gather recursive computational algorithms follow directly from these abstract-level analytical results. Application examples to illustrate the concrete application of these general results are provided. The paper also describes a general recipe for developing SKO models. The abstract nature of SKO models allows the application of these techniques to a very broad class of multibody systems. PMID:22102791

  10. Evolution of the DeNOC-based dynamic modelling for multibody systems

    S. K. Saha

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Dynamic modelling of a multibody system plays very essential role in its analyses. As a result, several methods for dynamic modelling have evolved over the years that allow one to analyse multibody systems in a very efficient manner. One such method of dynamic modelling is based on the concept of the Decoupled Natural Orthogonal Complement (DeNOC matrices. The DeNOC-based methodology for dynamics modelling, since its introduction in 1995, has been applied to a variety of multibody systems such as serial, parallel, general closed-loop, flexible, legged, cam-follower, and space robots. The methodology has also proven useful for modelling of proteins and hyper-degree-of-freedom systems like ropes, chains, etc. This paper captures the evolution of the DeNOC-based dynamic modelling applied to different type of systems, and its benefits over other existing methodologies. It is shown that the DeNOC-based modelling provides deeper understanding of the dynamics of a multibody system. The power of the DeNOC-based modelling has been illustrated using several numerical examples.

  11. Research on the Earth system multi-body force system dynamical model

    CHEN; Xiaofei; BI; Siwen; WU; Fei; DONG; Qianlin

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents an overview of the binding force and freedom force of Earth system, and describes force moment to point and line and force system in the Earth system. It introduces the force theory of the Earth system multi-body force system from special or equivalent force system of Earth system mechanics, general force and no-power force of Earth system. Finally it describes the force and moment of nodes of Earth system and provides basic model for the research of the Earth system multi-body dynamics.

  12. Domain decomposition approach to flexible multibody dynamics simulation

    Kwak, JunYoung; Chun, TaeYoung; Shin, SangJoon; Bauchau, Olivier A.

    2014-01-01

    Finite element based formulations for flexible multibody systems are becoming increasingly popular and as the complexity of the configurations to be treated increases, so does the computational cost. It seems natural to investigate the applicability of parallel processing to this type of problems; domain decomposition techniques have been used extensively for this purpose. In this approach, the computational domain is divided into non-overlapping sub-domains, and the continuity of the displacement field across sub-domain boundaries is enforced via the Lagrange multiplier technique. In the finite element literature, this approach is presented as a mathematical algorithm that enables parallel processing. In this paper, the divided system is viewed as a flexible multibody system, and the sub-domains are connected by kinematic constraints. Consequently, all the techniques applicable to the enforcement of constraints in multibody systems become applicable to the present problem. In particular, it is shown that a combination of the localized Lagrange multiplier technique with the augmented Lagrange formulation leads to interesting solution strategies. The proposed algorithm is compared with the well-known FETI approach with regards to convergence and efficiency characteristics. The present algorithm is relatively simple and leads to improved convergence and efficiency characteristics. Finally, implementation on a parallel computer was conducted for the proposed approach.

  13. Global asymptotic stability of dynamic dissipative compensators for multibody flexible space structures

    Kelkar, Atul G.; Joshi, Suresh M.; Alberts, Thomas E.

    1993-01-01

    The stability characteristics of dynamic dissipative compensators are investigated for multibody flexible space structures having nonlinear dynamics. The problem addressed is that of proving asymptotic stability of dynamic dissipative compensators. The stability proof uses the Liapunov approach and exploits the inherent passivity of such systems. For such systems these compensators are shown to be robust to parametric uncertainties and unmodeled dynamics. The results are applicable to a large class of structures such as flexible space structures with articulated flexible appendages.

  14. Camera-based noncontact metrology for static/dynamic testing of flexible multibody systems

    Presented here is a camera-based noncontact measurement theory for static/dynamic testing of flexible multibody systems that undergo large rigid, elastic and/or plastic deformations. The procedure and equations for accurate estimation of system parameters (i.e. the location and focal length of each camera and the transformation matrix relating its image and object coordinate systems) using an L-frame with four retroreflective markers are described in detail. Moreover, a method for refinement of estimated system parameters and establishment of a lens distortion model for correcting optical distortions using a T-wand with three markers is described. Dynamically deformed geometries of a multibody system are assumed to be obtained by tracing the three-dimensional instantaneous coordinates of markers adhered to the system's outside surfaces, and cameras and triangulation techniques are used for capturing marker images and identifying markers' coordinates. Furthermore, an EAGLE-500 motion analysis system is used to demonstrate measurements of static/dynamic deformations of six different flexible multibody systems. All numerical simulations and experimental results show that the use of camera-based motion analysis systems is feasible and accurate enough for static/dynamic experiments on flexible multibody systems, especially those that cannot be measured using conventional contact sensors

  15. GPU accelerated tandem traversal of blocked bounding volume hierarchy collision detection for multibody dynamics

    Damkjær, Jesper; Erleben, Kenny

    2009-01-01

    simultaneous descend in the tandem traversal. The data structure design and traversal are highly specialized for exploiting the parallel threads in the NVIDIA GPUs. As proof-of-concept we demonstrate a GPU implementation for a multibody dynamics simulation, showing an approximate speedup factor of up to 8...

  16. Advances in Chimera Grid Tools for Multi-Body Dynamics Simulations and Script Creation

    Chan, William M.

    2004-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation contains information about (1) Framework for multi-body dynamics - Geometry Manipulation Protocol (GMP), (2) Simulation procedure using Chimera Grid Tools (CGT) and OVERFLOW-2 (3) Further recent developments in Chimera Grid Tools OVERGRID, Grid modules, Script library and (4) Future work.

  17. Dynamics and Simulation of Flexible Multibody Systems with Changing Topologies on Mobile Vertical Launching System

    Zhang, Yong; Wu, Delong

    With the fast development of the industry technology especially the applications of spacecraft and weapon systems, a great deal of problems come forth in the dynamics of flexible multibody system and should be settled urgently. Because of the facts of time-varying topologies in these systems, such as impact, friction, stiction, intermittent motion, lock-up and loose of the joint, etc., the topological configuration, the degree of freedom, or the number of constraint equations will be changed during the motion of the system. So the traditional dynamics of flexible multibody system have to face those problems. For example, during launching of the mobile weapon system, the constraint relationship between the launching barrel and the missile must be changed when the adapters slide out in order when the missile was pushed out of the launching barrel. Based on the theory of dynamics of flexible multibody system, started with studying on launching dynamics of mobile launching system, combined with the dynamics characteristics of spacecraft, a model came into being on the dynamics of flexible multibody system with variable topologies, and the detailed simulation were given on the launching process during the aircraft flying away from the barrel in mobile missile system. Used the Lagrange method, a dynamics model of topology-changing flexible multibody system was founded in this paper, which included the motions coupling of orbit, attitude, large displacement of mechanism, and vibration of flexible bodies. Several critical problems were analyzed such as the addition and/or deletion of constraints, compatibility conditions etc. The constraints of the topology-changing system can be divided into two types, base constraints and condition constraints. The base constraints will not change during the motion of the multibody system, however, the condition constraints will be deleted from or added into the system depended on certain conditions. It is the exist of the condition

  18. Multibody system dynamics for bio-inspired locomotion: from geometric structures to computational aspects.

    Boyer, Frédéric; Porez, Mathieu

    2015-04-01

    This article presents a set of generic tools for multibody system dynamics devoted to the study of bio-inspired locomotion in robotics. First, archetypal examples from the field of bio-inspired robot locomotion are presented to prepare the ground for further discussion. The general problem of locomotion is then stated. In considering this problem, we progressively draw a unified geometric picture of locomotion dynamics. For that purpose, we start from the model of discrete mobile multibody systems (MMSs) that we progressively extend to the case of continuous and finally soft systems. Beyond these theoretical aspects, we address the practical problem of the efficient computation of these models by proposing a Newton-Euler-based approach to efficient locomotion dynamics with a few illustrations of creeping, swimming, and flying. PMID:25811531

  19. On the Modeling of Shells in Multibody Dynamics

    Bauchau, Olivier A.; Choi, Jou-Young; Bottasso, Carlo L.

    2000-01-01

    Energy preserving/decaying schemes are presented for the simulation of the nonlinear multibody systems involving shell components. The proposed schemes are designed to meet four specific requirements: unconditional nonlinear stability of the scheme, a rigorous treatment of both geometric and material nonlinearities, exact satisfaction of the constraints, and the presence of high frequency numerical dissipation. The kinematic nonlinearities associated with arbitrarily large displacements and rotations of shells are treated in a rigorous manner, and the material nonlinearities can be handled when the, constitutive laws stem from the existence of a strain energy density function. The efficiency and robustness of the proposed approach is illustrated with specific numerical examples that also demonstrate the need for integration schemes possessing high frequency numerical dissipation.

  20. Modeling Multibody Stage Separation Dynamics Using Constraint Force Equation Methodology

    Tartabini, Paul V.; Roithmayr, Carlos M.; Toniolo, Matthew D.; Karlgaard, Christopher D.; Pamadi, Bandu N.

    2011-01-01

    This paper discusses the application of the constraint force equation methodology and its implementation for multibody separation problems using three specially designed test cases. The first test case involves two rigid bodies connected by a fixed joint, the second case involves two rigid bodies connected with a universal joint, and the third test case is that of Mach 7 separation of the X-43A vehicle. For the first two cases, the solutions obtained using the constraint force equation method compare well with those obtained using industry- standard benchmark codes. For the X-43A case, the constraint force equation solutions show reasonable agreement with the flight-test data. Use of the constraint force equation method facilitates the analysis of stage separation in end-to-end simulations of launch vehicle trajectories

  1. Multibody simulations of trolleybus vertical dynamics and influences of spring-damper structural elements

    Polach P.

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Vertical dynamic properties of the ŠKODA 21 Tr low-floor trolleybus were investigated on an artificial test track when driving with a real vehicle and when simulating driving with a multibody model along a virtual test track. Driving along the artificial test track was aimed to determine vertical dynamic properties of the real trolleybus and on the basis of them to verify computer trolleybus models. Time histories and extreme values of the air springs relative deflections are the monitored quantities. Due to differences of the experiments and the computer simulations results the influences of the characteristics of the spring-damper structural elements of the axles suspension and the radial characteristics of the tires used in the trolleybus multibody model on the extreme values of the monitored quantities are evaluated.

  2. A Simplified Flexible Multibody Dynamics for a Main Landing Gear with Flexible Leaf Spring

    Zhi-Peng Xue; Ming Li; Yan-Hui Li; Hong-Guang Jia

    2014-01-01

    The dynamics of multibody systems with deformable components has been a subject of interest in many different fields such as machine design and aerospace. Traditional rigid-flexible systems often take a lot of computer resources to get accurate results. Accuracy and efficiency of computation have been the focus of this research in satisfying the coupling of rigid body and flex body. The method is based on modal analysis and linear theory of elastodynamics: reduced modal datum was used to desc...

  3. A Modelling Approach to Multibody Dynamics of Fluid Power Machinery with Hydrodynamic Lubrication

    Johansen, Per; Rømer, Daniel; Andersen, Torben Ole; Pedersen, Henrik C.

    The efficiency potential of the digital displacement technology and the increasing interest in hydraulic transmissions in wind and wave energy applications has created an incentive for development of high efficiency fluid power machinery. Modelling and analysis of fluid power machinery loss mecha...... coupled with multibody dynamics models. The focus of the current paper is an approach where the transient pressure field in hydrodynamic lubricated joint clearances are modelled by a set of control volumes and coupled with the fluid power machinery mechanics....

  4. Dynamic Analysis of Flexible Multibody Systems for High-Rise Building Window Cleaning Gondola

    2005-01-01

    A virtual prototype of high-rise building window cleaning gondola based on multibody system dynamics software MSC.ADAMS is presented. The rigid bodies are modeled by CAD software and flexible bodies are modeled by discrete beam method. The whole machine's natural characteristics are analyzed and changed to frequency field. According to the results, the dangerous frequencies are avoided and the design can be optimized and the performance can be improved.

  5. Online Kinematic and Dynamic-State Estimation for Constrained Multibody Systems Based on IMUs

    José Luis Torres-Moreno

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available This article addresses the problems of online estimations of kinematic and dynamic states of a mechanism from a sequence of noisy measurements. In particular, we focus on a planar four-bar linkage equipped with inertial measurement units (IMUs. Firstly, we describe how the position, velocity, and acceleration of all parts of the mechanism can be derived from IMU signals by means of multibody kinematics. Next, we propose the novel idea of integrating the generic multibody dynamic equations into two variants of Kalman filtering, i.e., the extended Kalman filter (EKF and the unscented Kalman filter (UKF, in a way that enables us to handle closed-loop, constrained mechanisms, whose state space variables are not independent and would normally prevent the direct use of such estimators. The proposal in this work is to apply those estimators over the manifolds of allowed positions and velocities, by means of estimating a subset of independent coordinates only. The proposed techniques are experimentally validated on a testbed equipped with encoders as a means of establishing the ground-truth. Estimators are run online in real-time, a feature not matched by any previous procedure of those reported in the literature on multibody dynamics.

  6. Online Kinematic and Dynamic-State Estimation for Constrained Multibody Systems Based on IMUs

    Torres-Moreno, José Luis; Blanco-Claraco, José Luis; Giménez-Fernández, Antonio; Sanjurjo, Emilio; Naya, Miguel Ángel

    2016-01-01

    This article addresses the problems of online estimations of kinematic and dynamic states of a mechanism from a sequence of noisy measurements. In particular, we focus on a planar four-bar linkage equipped with inertial measurement units (IMUs). Firstly, we describe how the position, velocity, and acceleration of all parts of the mechanism can be derived from IMU signals by means of multibody kinematics. Next, we propose the novel idea of integrating the generic multibody dynamic equations into two variants of Kalman filtering, i.e., the extended Kalman filter (EKF) and the unscented Kalman filter (UKF), in a way that enables us to handle closed-loop, constrained mechanisms, whose state space variables are not independent and would normally prevent the direct use of such estimators. The proposal in this work is to apply those estimators over the manifolds of allowed positions and velocities, by means of estimating a subset of independent coordinates only. The proposed techniques are experimentally validated on a testbed equipped with encoders as a means of establishing the ground-truth. Estimators are run online in real-time, a feature not matched by any previous procedure of those reported in the literature on multibody dynamics. PMID:26959027

  7. Online Kinematic and Dynamic-State Estimation for Constrained Multibody Systems Based on IMUs.

    Torres-Moreno, José Luis; Blanco-Claraco, José Luis; Giménez-Fernández, Antonio; Sanjurjo, Emilio; Naya, Miguel Ángel

    2016-01-01

    This article addresses the problems of online estimations of kinematic and dynamic states of a mechanism from a sequence of noisy measurements. In particular, we focus on a planar four-bar linkage equipped with inertial measurement units (IMUs). Firstly, we describe how the position, velocity, and acceleration of all parts of the mechanism can be derived from IMU signals by means of multibody kinematics. Next, we propose the novel idea of integrating the generic multibody dynamic equations into two variants of Kalman filtering, i.e., the extended Kalman filter (EKF) and the unscented Kalman filter (UKF), in a way that enables us to handle closed-loop, constrained mechanisms, whose state space variables are not independent and would normally prevent the direct use of such estimators. The proposal in this work is to apply those estimators over the manifolds of allowed positions and velocities, by means of estimating a subset of independent coordinates only. The proposed techniques are experimentally validated on a testbed equipped with encoders as a means of establishing the ground-truth. Estimators are run online in real-time, a feature not matched by any previous procedure of those reported in the literature on multibody dynamics. PMID:26959027

  8. Experimental validation of flexible multibody dynamics beam formulations

    Bauchau, Olivier A., E-mail: olivier.bauchau@sjtu.edu.cn; Han, Shilei [University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (China); Mikkola, Aki; Matikainen, Marko K. [Lappeenranta University of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Finland); Gruber, Peter [Austrian Center of Competence in Mechatronics GmbH (Austria)

    2015-08-15

    In this paper, the accuracies of the geometrically exact beam and absolute nodal coordinate formulations are studied by comparing their predictions against an experimental data set referred to as the “Princeton beam experiment.” The experiment deals with a cantilevered beam experiencing coupled flap, lag, and twist deformations. In the absolute nodal coordinate formulation, two different beam elements are used. The first is based on a shear deformable approach in which the element kinematics is described using two nodes. The second is based on a recently proposed approach featuring three nodes. The numerical results for the geometrically exact beam formulation and the recently proposed three-node absolute nodal coordinate formulation agree well with the experimental data. The two-node beam element predictions are similar to those of linear beam theory. This study suggests that a careful and thorough evaluation of beam elements must be carried out to assess their ability to deal with the three-dimensional deformations typically found in flexible multibody systems.

  9. Experimental validation of flexible multibody dynamics beam formulations

    In this paper, the accuracies of the geometrically exact beam and absolute nodal coordinate formulations are studied by comparing their predictions against an experimental data set referred to as the “Princeton beam experiment.” The experiment deals with a cantilevered beam experiencing coupled flap, lag, and twist deformations. In the absolute nodal coordinate formulation, two different beam elements are used. The first is based on a shear deformable approach in which the element kinematics is described using two nodes. The second is based on a recently proposed approach featuring three nodes. The numerical results for the geometrically exact beam formulation and the recently proposed three-node absolute nodal coordinate formulation agree well with the experimental data. The two-node beam element predictions are similar to those of linear beam theory. This study suggests that a careful and thorough evaluation of beam elements must be carried out to assess their ability to deal with the three-dimensional deformations typically found in flexible multibody systems

  10. Modelling of contact dynamics of two flexible multi-body systems

    Kim, S. W.; Misra, A. K.; Modi, V. J.; Cyril, X.

    Details of contact dynamics of two flexible multi-body systems (e.g. a spacecraft-mounted manipulator capturing a flexible satellite) are considered in this paper. The components undergoing direct contact (e.g. the end-effector of the manipulator and the grapple surface) are modelled using the finite element method that incorporates large rigid body displacements, while the rest of the system is handled through the usual flexible multi-body formulation. The basic condition of the contact is that no material overlap can occur; this condition is expressed in terms of a set of algebraic constraint equations. Thus, the system dynamics is described by two sets of differential equations (one for the multi-body formulation and the other for the finite element nodal displacements of the contacting surfaces) subjected to a set of algebraic constraint equations. A procedure to solve this system of equations is proposed in the paper. A typical scenario involving capture of a flexible satellite using a manipulator is considered and computer simulation results are presented.

  11. Effect of using composites on the dynamic response of multi-body systems

    Shabana, A. A.

    1986-08-01

    A finite element scheme is presented for studying the dynamic response of multi-body systems with components manufactured from orthotropic materials. The formulation presented is exemplified by using fiber-reinforced cornposite laminates. The multi-body system considered in this investigation consists of interconnected rigid and flexible components, each undergoing large angular rotations. The configuration of the elastic components is identified by using two sets of generalized co-ordinates, reference and elastic co-ordinates. Reference co-ordinates describe the location and orientation of a selected body reference while elastic co-ordinates describe the deformation with respect to the body reference. Component modes of elastic components in the system are used to reduce the number of generalized co-ordinates. The system differential equations of motion and the algebraic constraint equations describing mechanical joints in the system are written in terms of mixed sets of reference and modal co-ordinates. Two numerical examples, for a slider crank mechanism and a Peaucellier mechanism, are presented in order to demonstrate the effect of the use of the composites on the dynamic response of multi-body systems. Numerical results showed that the use of composites represents an effective passive control strategy.

  12. Partition method for impact dynamics of flexible multibody systems based on contact constraint

    段玥晨; 章定国; 洪嘉振

    2013-01-01

    The impact dynamics of a flexible multibody system is investigated. By using a partition method, the system is divided into two parts, the local impact region and the region away from the impact. The two parts are connected by specific boundary conditions, and the system after partition is equivalent to the original system. According to the rigid-flexible coupling dynamic theory of multibody system, system’s rigid-flexible coupling dynamic equations without impact are derived. A local impulse method for establishing the initial impact conditions is proposed. It satisfies the compatibility con-ditions for contact constraints and the actual physical situation of the impact process of flexible bodies. Based on the contact constraint method, system’s impact dynamic equa-tions are derived in a differential-algebraic form. The contact/separation criterion and the algorithm are given. An impact dynamic simulation is given. The results show that system’s dynamic behaviors including the energy, the deformations, the displacements, and the impact force during the impact process change dramatically. The impact makes great effects on the global dynamics of the system during and after impact.

  13. Quasi-steady state microgravity analysis for the Space Station Freedom using multibody dynamic simulator

    Henry, Alan; Chipman, Richard; Hu, Tsay-Hsin G.

    1993-04-01

    An efficient simulation has been successfully developed to analyze the dynamics and control of spacecraft comprised of multiple rigid/flexible articulating bodies. The implementation employs a typical order-(N) multi-body dynamic approach coupled with a state-of-the-art symbolic equation optimization algorithm. The simulation has been modified to compute the instantaneous acceleration at any arbitrary location on an orbiting body. Gravity gradient, rotational and aerodynamic accelerations contribute to the total quasi-steady state microgravity environment. The simulation is used to evaluate the microgravity levels within Space Station Freedom to demonstrate the excellent microgravity environment which it can provide for scientific experiments.

  14. Modeling and Simulation of Arresting Gear System with Multibody Dynamic Approach

    Wenhou Shen; Zhihua Zhao; Gexue Ren; Jiapeng Liu

    2013-01-01

    The arresting dynamics of the aircraft on the aircraft carrier involves both a transient wave propagation process in rope and a smooth decelerating of aircraft. This brings great challenge on simulating the whole process since the former one needs small time-step to guarantee the stability, while the later needs large time-step to reduce calculation time. To solve this problem, this paper proposes a full-scale multibody dynamics model of arresting gear system making use of variable time-step ...

  15. Evolution of Flexible Multibody Dynamics for Simulation Applications Supporting Human Spaceflight

    Huynh, An; Brain, Thomas A.; MacLean, John R.; Quiocho, Leslie J.

    2016-01-01

    During the course of transition from the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs to the Orion and Journey to Mars exploration programs, a generic flexible multibody dynamics formulation and associated software implementation has evolved to meet an ever changing set of requirements at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). Challenging problems related to large transitional topologies and robotic free-flyer vehicle capture/ release, contact dynamics, and exploration missions concept evaluation through simulation (e.g., asteroid surface operations) have driven this continued development. Coupled with this need is the requirement to oftentimes support human spaceflight operations in real-time. Moreover, it has been desirable to allow even more rapid prototyping of on-orbit manipulator and spacecraft systems, to support less complex infrastructure software for massively integrated simulations, to yield further computational efficiencies, and to take advantage of recent advances and availability of multi-core computing platforms. Since engineering analysis, procedures development, and crew familiarity/training for human spaceflight is fundamental to JSC's charter, there is also a strong desire to share and reuse models in both the non-realtime and real-time domains, with the goal of retaining as much multibody dynamics fidelity as possible. Three specific enhancements are reviewed here: (1) linked list organization to address large transitional topologies, (2) body level model order reduction, and (3) parallel formulation/implementation. This paper provides a detailed overview of these primary updates to JSC's flexible multibody dynamics algorithms as well as a comparison of numerical results to previous formulations and associated software.

  16. An Explicit Formulation of Singularity-Free Dynamic Equations of Mechanical Systems in Lagrangian Form---Part Two: Multibody Systems

    Pål Johan From

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents the explicit dynamic equations of multibody mechanical systems. This is the second paper on this topic. In the first paper the dynamics of a single rigid body from the Boltzmann--Hamel equations were derived. In this paper these results are extended to also include multibody systems. We show that when quasi-velocities are used, the part of the dynamic equations that appear from the partial derivatives of the system kinematics are identical to the single rigid body case, bu...

  17. Earthquake dynamic response of large flexible multibody systems

    E. V. Zahariev

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available In the paper dynamics of large flexible structures imposed on earthquakes and high amplitude vibrations is regarded. Precise dynamic equations of flexible systems are the basis for reliable motion simulation and analysis of loading of the design scheme elements. Generalized Newton–Euler dynamic equations for rigid and flexible bodies are applied. The basement compulsory motion realized because of earthquake or wave propagation is presented in the dynamic equations as reonomic constraints. The dynamic equations, algebraic equations and reonomic constraints compile a system of differential algebraic equations which are transformed to a system of ordinary differential equations with respect to the generalized coordinates and the reactions due to the reonomic constraints. Examples of large flexible structures and wind power generator dynamic analysis are presented.

  18. Multibody Dynamic Stress Simulation of Rigid-Flexible Shovel Crawler Shoes

    Samuel Frimpong

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Electric shovels are used in surface mining operations to achieve economic production capacities. The capital investments and operating costs associated with the shovels deployed in the Athabasca oil sands formation are high due to the abrasive conditions. The shovel crawler shoes interact with sharp and abrasive sand particles, and, thus, are subjected to high transient dynamic stresses. These high stresses cause wear and tear leading to crack initiation, propagation and premature fatigue failure. The objective of this paper is to develop a model to characterize the crawler stresses and deformation for the P&H 4100C BOSS during propel and loading using rigid-flexible multi-body dynamic theory. A 3-D virtual prototype model of the rigid-flexible crawler track assembly and its interactions with oil sand formation is simulated to capture the model dynamics within multibody dynamics software MSC ADAMS. The modal and stress shapes and modal loads due to machine weight for each flexible crawler shoes are generated from finite element analysis (FEA. The modal coordinates from the simulation are combined with mode and stress shapes using modal superposition method to calculate real-time stresses and deformation of flexible crawler shoes. The results show a maximum von Mises stress value of 170 MPa occurring in the driving crawler shoe during the propel motion. This study provides a foundation for the subsequent fatigue life analysis of crawler shoes for extending crawler service life.

  19. Modeling the Multi-Body System Dynamics of a Flexible Solar Sail Spacecraft

    Kim, Young; Stough, Robert; Whorton, Mark

    2005-01-01

    Solar sail propulsion systems enable a wide range of space missions that are not feasible with current propulsion technology. Hardware concepts and analytical methods have matured through ground development to the point that a flight validation mission is now realizable. Much attention has been given to modeling the structural dynamics of the constituent elements, but to date an integrated system level dynamics analysis has been lacking. Using a multi-body dynamics and control analysis tool called TREETOPS, the coupled dynamics of the sailcraft bus, sail membranes, flexible booms, and control system sensors and actuators of a representative solar sail spacecraft are investigated to assess system level dynamics and control issues. With this tool, scaling issues and parametric trade studies can be performed to study achievable performance, control authority requirements, and control/structure interaction assessments.

  20. Multibody Dynamics of a Fluid Power Radial Piston Motor Including Transient Hydrodynamic Pressure Models of Lubricating Gaps

    Johansen, Per; Rømer, Daniel; Andersen, Torben Ole; Pedersen, Henrik C.

    2014-01-01

    multibody dynamics model of a radial piston fluid power motor, which connects the rigid bodies through models of the transient hydrodynamic lubrication pressure in the joint clearance. A finite volume approach is used to model the pressure dynamics of the fluid film lubrication. The model structure and...

  1. Multibody Systems

    Wagner, Falko Jens

    1999-01-01

    Multibody Systems is one area, in which methods for solving DAEs are of special interst. This chapter is about multibody systems, why they result in DAE systems and what kind of problems that can arise when dealing with multibody systems and formulating their corresponding DAE system....

  2. Dynamics and control of multibody systems: An approach with application

    Grewal, A.; Modi, V. J.

    1996-09-01

    The paper focuses on the study of the dynamics and control of large flexible space structures, comprised of sub-assemblies, a subject of considerable contemporary interest. To begin with, a relatively general Lagrangian formulation of the problem is developed. The governing equations are non-linear, non-autonomous, coupled and extremely lengthy even in matrix notation. Next, an efficient computer code is developed and the versatility of the program illustrated through a study of the dynamics of the First Element Launch (FEL) configuration of the Space Station Freedom, now superseded by the International Space Station Alpha. The response of the FEL is obtained for two critical disturbances: (a) docking of the Space Shuttle; and (b) maneuver of the onboard mobile manipulator system (MSS). The study clearly demonstrates a need for active control. To that end, robust control of the rigid body motion of the FEL configuration using the LQG/LTR procedure is demonstrated. The controller designed using the simplified linear model, proves to be effective in regulating librational disturbances. Such a global approach—formulation, numerical code, dynamics and control—can serve as a powerful tool to gain comprehensive understanding of the interactions of the dynamics and thus aid in the development of effective and efficient control systems.

  3. A multibody approach for 6-DOF flight dynamics and stability analysis of the hawkmoth Manduca sexta

    This paper investigates the six degrees of freedom (6-DOF) flight dynamics and stability of the hawkmoth Manduca sexta using a multibody dynamics approach that encompasses the effects of the time varying inertia tensor of all the body segments including two wings. The quasi-steady translational and unsteady rotational aerodynamics of the flapping wings are modeled with the blade element theory with aerodynamic coefficients derived from relevant experimental studies. The aerodynamics is given instantaneously at each integration time step without wingbeat-cycle-averaging. With the multibody dynamic model and the aerodynamic model for the hawkmoth, a direct time integration of the fully coupled 6-DOF nonlinear multibody dynamics equations of motion is performed. First, the passive damping magnitude of each single DOF is quantitatively examined with the measure of the time taken to half the initial velocity (thalf). The results show that the sideslip translation is less damped approximately three times than the other two translational DOFs, and the pitch rotation is less damped approximately five times than the other two rotational DOFs; each DOF has the value of (unit in wingbeat strokes): thalf,forward/backward = 7.10, thalf,sideslip = 17.95, thalf,ascending = 7.13, thalf,descending = 5.77, thalf,roll = 0.68, thalf,pitch = 2.39, and thalf,yaw = 0.25. Second, the natural modes of motion, with the hovering flight as a reference equilibrium condition, are examined by analyzing fully coupled 6-DOF dynamic responses induced by multiple sets of force and moment disturbance combinations. The given disturbance combinations are set to excite the dynamic modes identified in relevant eigenmode analysis studies. The 6-DOF dynamic responses obtained from this study are compared with eigenmode analysis results in the relevant studies. The longitudinal modes of motion showed dynamic modal characteristics similar to the eigenmode analysis results from the relevant literature

  4. A multibody approach for 6-DOF flight dynamics and stability analysis of the hawkmoth Manduca sexta.

    Kim, Joong-Kwan; Han, Jae-Hung

    2014-03-01

    This paper investigates the six degrees of freedom (6-DOF) flight dynamics and stability of the hawkmoth Manduca sexta using a multibody dynamics approach that encompasses the effects of the time varying inertia tensor of all the body segments including two wings. The quasi-steady translational and unsteady rotational aerodynamics of the flapping wings are modeled with the blade element theory with aerodynamic coefficients derived from relevant experimental studies. The aerodynamics is given instantaneously at each integration time step without wingbeat-cycle-averaging. With the multibody dynamic model and the aerodynamic model for the hawkmoth, a direct time integration of the fully coupled 6-DOF nonlinear multibody dynamics equations of motion is performed. First, the passive damping magnitude of each single DOF is quantitatively examined with the measure of the time taken to half the initial velocity (thalf). The results show that the sideslip translation is less damped approximately three times than the other two translational DOFs, and the pitch rotation is less damped approximately five times than the other two rotational DOFs; each DOF has the value of (unit in wingbeat strokes): thalf,forward/backward = 7.10, thalf,sideslip = 17.95, thalf,ascending = 7.13, thalf,descending = 5.77, thalf,roll = 0.68, thalf,pitch = 2.39, and thalf,yaw = 0.25. Second, the natural modes of motion, with the hovering flight as a reference equilibrium condition, are examined by analyzing fully coupled 6-DOF dynamic responses induced by multiple sets of force and moment disturbance combinations. The given disturbance combinations are set to excite the dynamic modes identified in relevant eigenmode analysis studies. The 6-DOF dynamic responses obtained from this study are compared with eigenmode analysis results in the relevant studies. The longitudinal modes of motion showed dynamic modal characteristics similar to the eigenmode analysis results from the relevant literature

  5. Multibody dynamics simulation of geometrically exact Cosserat rods

    Lang, H.; Linn, J; Arnold, M.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we present a viscoelastic rod model that is suitable for fast and accurate dynamic simulations. It is based on Cosserat’s geometrically exact theory of rods and is able to represent extension, shearing (‘stiff’ dof), bending and torsion (‘soft’ dof). For inner dissipation, a consistent damping potential proposed by Antman is chosen. We parametrise the rotational dof by unit quaternions and directly use the quaternionic evolution differential equation for the discretisation of t...

  6. Numerical Simulation of the Spreading Dynamic Responses of the Multibody System with a Floating Base

    Zhaobing Jiang; Luzhong Shao; Fei Shao

    2015-01-01

    To simulate the dynamic responses of the multibody system with a floating base when the upper parts spread with a certain sequence and relative speed, the homogeneous matrix method is employed to model and simulate a four-body system with a floating base and the motions are analyzed when the upper parts are spread sequentially or synchronously. The rolling, swaying and heaving temporal variations are obtained when the multibody system is under the conditions of the static water along with the wave loads and the mean wind loads or the single pulse wind loads, respectively. The moment variations of each joint under the single pulse wind load are also gained. The numerical results showed that the swaying of the floating base is almost not influenced by the spreading time or form when the upper parts spread sequentially or synchronously, while the rolling and the heaving mainly depend on the spreading time and forms. The swaying and heaving motions are influenced significantly by the mean wind loads. The single pulse wind load also has influences on the dynamic responses. The torque of joint 3 and joint 4 in the single pulse wind environment may be twice that in the windless environment when the system spreads with 60 s duration.

  7. Modeling and Simulation of Arresting Gear System with Multibody Dynamic Approach

    Wenhou Shen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The arresting dynamics of the aircraft on the aircraft carrier involves both a transient wave propagation process in rope and a smooth decelerating of aircraft. This brings great challenge on simulating the whole process since the former one needs small time-step to guarantee the stability, while the later needs large time-step to reduce calculation time. To solve this problem, this paper proposes a full-scale multibody dynamics model of arresting gear system making use of variable time-step integration scheme. Especially, a kind of new cable element that is capable of describing the arbitrary large displacement and rotation in three-dimensional space is adopted to mesh the wire cables, and damping force is used to model the effect of hydraulic system. Then, the stress of the wire ropes during the landing process is studied. Results show that propagation, reflection, and superposition of the stress wave between the deck sheaves contribute mainly to the peak value of stress. And the maximum stress in the case of landing deviate from the centerline is a little bit smaller than the case of landing along centerline. The multibody approach and arresting gear system model proposed here also provide an efficient way to design and optimize the whole mechanism.

  8. Multi-body dynamic system simulation of carrier-based aircraft ski-jump takeoff

    Wang Yangang; Wang Weijun; Qu Xiangju

    2013-01-01

    The flight safety is threatened by the special flight conditions and the low speed of carrier-based aircraft ski-jump takeoff.The aircraft carrier motion,aircraft dynamics,landing gears and wind field of sea state are comprehensively considered to dispose this multidiscipline intersection problem.According to the particular naval operating environment of the carrier-based aircraft ski-jump takeoff,the integrated dynamic simulation models of multi-body system are developed,which involves the movement entities of the carrier,the aircraft and the landing gears,and involves takeoff instruction,control system and the deck wind disturbance.Based on Matlab/Simulink environment,the multi-body system simulation is realized.The validity of the model and the rationality of the result are verified by an example simulation of carrier-based aircraft ski-jump takeoff.The simulation model and the software are suitable for the study of the multidiscipline intersection problems which are involved in the performance,flight quality and safety of carrier-based aircraft takeoff,the effects of landing gear loads,parameters of carrier deck,etc.

  9. A Non-smooth Newton Method for Multibody Dynamics

    In this paper we deal with the simulation of rigid bodies. Rigid body dynamics have become very important for simulating rigid body motion in interactive applications, such as computer games or virtual reality. We present a novel way of computing contact forces using a Newton method. The contact problem is reformulated as a system of non-linear and non-smooth equations, and we solve this system using a non-smooth version of Newton's method. One of the main contribution of this paper is the reformulation of the complementarity problems, used to model impacts, as a system of equations that can be solved using traditional methods.

  10. Stress stiffening and approximate equations in flexible multibody dynamics

    Padilla, Carlos E.; Vonflotow, Andreas H.

    1993-01-01

    A useful model for open chains of flexible bodies undergoing large rigid body motions, but small elastic deformations, is one in which the equations of motion are linearized in the small elastic deformations and deformation rates. For slow rigid body motions, the correctly linearized, or consistent, set of equations can be compared to prematurely linearized, or inconsistent, equations and to 'oversimplified,' or ruthless, equations through the use of open loop dynamic simulations. It has been shown that the inconsistent model should never be used, while the ruthless model should be used whenever possible. The consistent and inconsistent models differ by stress stiffening terms. These are due to zeroth-order stresses effecting virtual work via nonlinear strain-displacement terms. In this paper we examine in detail the nature of these stress stiffening terms and conclude that they are significant only when the associated zeroth-order stresses approach 'buckling' stresses. Finally it is emphasized that when the stress stiffening terms are negligible the ruthlessly linearized equations should be used.

  11. Model Reduction in Co-Rotated Multi-Body Dynamics Based on the Dual Craig-Bampton Method

    Weerathunge Kadawathagedara, S.T.; Rixen, D.J.

    2011-01-01

    A new reduction method for dynamical analsis of multi-body systems is presented in this paper. It fundamentally differs from the ones previously published in the way kinematical constraints are handled. Our approach is based on component mode synthesis, but the specificity of articulated mechanism,

  12. Multibody dynamics: Modeling component flexibility with fixed, free, loaded, constraint, and residual modes

    Spanos, John T.; Tsuha, Walter S.

    1989-01-01

    The assumed-modes method in multibody dynamics allows the elastic deformation of each component in the system to be approximated by a sum of products of spatial and temporal functions commonly known as modes and modal coordinates respectively. The choice of component modes used to model articulating and non-articulating flexible multibody systems is examined. Attention is directed toward three classical Component Mode Synthesis (CMS) methods whereby component normal modes are generated by treating the component interface (I/F) as either fixed, free, or loaded with mass and stiffness contributions from the remaining components. The fixed and free I/F normal modes are augmented by static shape functions termed constraint and residual modes respectively. A mode selection procedure is outlined whereby component modes are selected from the Craig-Bampton (fixed I/F plus constraint), MacNeal-Rubin (free I/F plus residual), or Benfield-Hruda (loaded I/F) mode sets in accordance with a modal ordering scheme derived from balance realization theory. The success of the approach is judged by comparing the actuator-to-sensor frequency response of the reduced order system with that of the full order system over the frequency range of interest. A finite element model of the Galileo spacecraft serves as an example in demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed mode selection method.

  13. Study on extreme turbulence wind conditions of multibody dynamics simulation for MW-class wind turbine

    Parametric modeling of NREL 5MW wind turbine was set up for multi-body dynamics simulation by the TurbSim, AeroDyn, FAST (fatigue, aerodynamics, structures, and turbulence) software respectively. According to the analysis of the characteristics of wind in the space discrete point, using TurbSim to establish the steady-state wind and random changes with time and space wind. Based on the AeroDyn software, which can coupled to FAST, we calculated the aerodynamic load. Loading the aerodynamic data which has been calculated, FAST can establish a fully parameterized simulation model. Making a comparison of the results obtained by FAST in 3 different wind conditions, the different of dynamic responses of the structure were obtained. The results obtained by FAST have some meaning in the study of wind turbine under extreme turbulence wind conditions

  14. Structural analysis of floating offshore wind turbine tower based on flexible multibody dynamics

    Park, Kwang Phil; Jo, A Ra [Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, Co., Ltd., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cha, Ju Hwan [Mokpo Nat' l Univ., Muan (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-12-15

    In this study, we perform the structural analysis of a floating offshore wind turbine tower by considering the dynamic response of the floating platform. A multibody system consisting of three blades, a hub, a nacelle, the platform, and the tower is used to model the floating wind turbine. The blades and the tower are modeled as flexible bodies using three dimensional beam elements. The aerodynamic force on the blades is calculated by the Blade Element Momentum (BEM) theory with hub rotation. The hydrostatic, hydrodynamic, and mooring forces are considered for the platform. The structural dynamic responses of the tower are simulated by numerically solving the equations of motion. From the simulation results, the time history of the internal forces at the nodes, such as the bending moment and stress, are obtained. In conclusion, the internal forces are compared with those obtained from static analysis to assess the effects of wave loads on the structural stability of the tower.

  15. Study on extreme turbulence wind conditions of multibody dynamics simulation for MW-class wind turbine

    Wu, P.; Li, C.; Ye, Z.

    2013-12-01

    Parametric modeling of NREL 5MW wind turbine was set up for multi-body dynamics simulation by the TurbSim, AeroDyn, FAST (fatigue, aerodynamics, structures, and turbulence) software respectively. According to the analysis of the characteristics of wind in the space discrete point, using TurbSim to establish the steady-state wind and random changes with time and space wind. Based on the AeroDyn software, which can coupled to FAST, we calculated the aerodynamic load. Loading the aerodynamic data which has been calculated, FAST can establish a fully parameterized simulation model. Making a comparison of the results obtained by FAST in 3 different wind conditions, the different of dynamic responses of the structure were obtained. The results obtained by FAST have some meaning in the study of wind turbine under extreme turbulence wind conditions.

  16. Structural analysis of floating offshore wind turbine tower based on flexible multibody dynamics

    In this study, we perform the structural analysis of a floating offshore wind turbine tower by considering the dynamic response of the floating platform. A multibody system consisting of three blades, a hub, a nacelle, the platform, and the tower is used to model the floating wind turbine. The blades and the tower are modeled as flexible bodies using three dimensional beam elements. The aerodynamic force on the blades is calculated by the Blade Element Momentum (BEM) theory with hub rotation. The hydrostatic, hydrodynamic, and mooring forces are considered for the platform. The structural dynamic responses of the tower are simulated by numerically solving the equations of motion. From the simulation results, the time history of the internal forces at the nodes, such as the bending moment and stress, are obtained. In conclusion, the internal forces are compared with those obtained from static analysis to assess the effects of wave loads on the structural stability of the tower

  17. Sub-domain decomposition methods and computational controls for multibody dynamical systems. [of spacecraft structures

    Menon, R. G.; Kurdila, A. J.

    1992-01-01

    This paper presents a concurrent methodology to simulate the dynamics of flexible multibody systems with a large number of degrees of freedom. A general class of open-loop structures is treated and a redundant coordinate formulation is adopted. A range space method is used in which the constraint forces are calculated using a preconditioned conjugate gradient method. By using a preconditioner motivated by the regular ordering of the directed graph of the structures, it is shown that the method is order N in the total number of coordinates of the system. The overall formulation has the advantage that it permits fine parallelization and does not rely on system topology to induce concurrency. It can be efficiently implemented on the present generation of parallel computers with a large number of processors. Validation of the method is presented via numerical simulations of space structures incorporating large number of flexible degrees of freedom.

  18. A fast algorithm for parallel computation of multibody dynamics on MIMD parallel architectures

    Fijany, Amir; Kwan, Gregory; Bagherzadeh, Nader

    1993-01-01

    In this paper the implementation of a parallel O(LogN) algorithm for computation of rigid multibody dynamics on a Hypercube MIMD parallel architecture is presented. To our knowledge, this is the first algorithm that achieves the time lower bound of O(LogN) by using an optimal number of O(N) processors. However, in addition to its theoretical significance, the algorithm is also highly efficient for practical implementation on commercially available MIMD parallel architectures due to its highly coarse grain size and simple communication and synchronization requirements. We present a multilevel parallel computation strategy for implementation of the algorithm on a Hypercube. This strategy allows the exploitation of parallelism at several computational levels as well as maximum overlapping of computation and communication to increase the performance of parallel computation.

  19. Dynamic modeling and simulation of multi-body systems using the Udwadia-Kalaba theory

    Zhao, Han; Zhen, Shengchao; Chen, Ye-Hwa

    2013-09-01

    Laboratory experiments were conducted for falling U-chain, but explicit analytic form of the general equations of motion was not presented. Several modeling methods were developed for fish robots, however they just focused on the whole fish’s locomotion which does little favor to understand the detailed swimming behavior of fish. Udwadia-Kalaba theory is used to model these two multi-body systems and obtain explicit analytic equations of motion. For falling U-chain, the mass matrix is non-singular. Second-order constraints are used to get the constraint force and equations of motion and the numerical simulation is conducted. Simulation results show that the chain tip falls faster than the freely falling body. For fish robot, two-joint Carangiform fish robot is focused on. Quasi-steady wing theory is used to approximately calculate fluid lift force acting on the caudal fin. Based on the obtained explicit analytic equations of motion (the mass matrix is singular), propulsive characteristics of each part of the fish robot are obtained. Through these two cases of U chain and fish robot, how to use Udwadia-Kalaba equation to obtain the dynamical model is shown and the modeling methodology for multi-body systems is presented. It is also shown that Udwadia-Kalaba theory is applicable to systems whether or not their mass matrices are singular. In the whole process of applying Udwadia-Kalaba equation, Lagrangian multipliers and quasi-coordinates are not used. Udwadia-Kalaba theory is creatively applied to dynamical modeling of falling U-chain and fish robot problems and explicit analytic equations of motion are obtained.

  20. The discrete null space method for the energy-consistent integration of constrained mechanical systems. Part III: Flexible multibody dynamics

    In the present work, the unified framework for the computational treatment of rigid bodies and nonlinear beams developed by Betsch and Steinmann (Multibody Syst. Dyn. 8, 367-391, 2002) is extended to the realm of nonlinear shells. In particular, a specific constrained formulation of shells is proposed which leads to the semi-discrete equations of motion characterized by a set of differential-algebraic equations (DAEs). The DAEs provide a uniform description for rigid bodies, semi-discrete beams and shells and, consequently, flexible multibody systems. The constraints may be divided into two classes: (i) internal constraints which are intimately connected with the assumption of rigidity of the bodies, and (ii) external constraints related to the presence of joints in a multibody framework. The present approach thus circumvents the use of rotational variables throughout the whole time discretization, facilitating the design of energy-momentum methods for flexible multibody dynamics. After the discretization has been completed a size-reduction of the discrete system is performed by eliminating the constraint forces. Numerical examples dealing with a spatial slider-crank mechanism and with intersecting shells illustrate the performance of the proposed method

  1. The discrete null space method for the energy-consistent integration of constrained mechanical systems. Part III: Flexible multibody dynamics

    Leyendecker, Sigrid [University of Kaiserslautern, Chair of Applied Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Germany)], E-mail: slauer@rhrk.uni-kl.de; Betsch, Peter [University of Siegen, Chair of Computational Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Germany); Steinmann, Paul [University of Kaiserslautern, Chair of Applied Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Germany)

    2008-02-15

    In the present work, the unified framework for the computational treatment of rigid bodies and nonlinear beams developed by Betsch and Steinmann (Multibody Syst. Dyn. 8, 367-391, 2002) is extended to the realm of nonlinear shells. In particular, a specific constrained formulation of shells is proposed which leads to the semi-discrete equations of motion characterized by a set of differential-algebraic equations (DAEs). The DAEs provide a uniform description for rigid bodies, semi-discrete beams and shells and, consequently, flexible multibody systems. The constraints may be divided into two classes: (i) internal constraints which are intimately connected with the assumption of rigidity of the bodies, and (ii) external constraints related to the presence of joints in a multibody framework. The present approach thus circumvents the use of rotational variables throughout the whole time discretization, facilitating the design of energy-momentum methods for flexible multibody dynamics. After the discretization has been completed a size-reduction of the discrete system is performed by eliminating the constraint forces. Numerical examples dealing with a spatial slider-crank mechanism and with intersecting shells illustrate the performance of the proposed method.

  2. Multibody dynamics driving GNC and system design in tethered nets for active debris removal

    Benvenuto, Riccardo; Lavagna, Michèle; Salvi, Samuele

    2016-07-01

    Debris removal in Earth orbits is an urgent issue to be faced for space exploitation durability. Among different techniques, tethered-nets present appealing benefits and some open points to fix. Former and latter are discussed in the paper, supported by the exploitation of a multibody dynamics tool. With respect to other proposed capture mechanisms, tethered-net solutions are characterised by a safer capturing distance, a passive angular momentum damping effect and the highest flexibility to unknown shape, material and attitude of the target to interface with. They also allow not considering the centre of gravity alignment with thrust axis as a constraint, as it is for any rigid link solution. Furthermore, the introduction of a closing thread around the net perimeter ensures safer and more reliable grasping and holding. In the paper, a six degrees of freedom multibody dynamics simulator is presented: it was developed at Politecnico di Milano - Department of Aerospace Science and Technologies - and it is able to describe the orbital and attitude dynamics of tethered-nets systems and end-bodies during different phases, with great flexibility in dealing with different topologies and configurations. Critical phases as impact and wrapping are analysed by simulation to address the tethered-stack controllability. It is shown how the role of contact modelling is fundamental to describe the coupled dynamics: it is demonstrated, as a major novel contribution, how friction between the net and a tumbling target allows reducing its angular motion, stabilizing the system and allowing safer towing operations. Moreover, the so-called tethered space tug is analysed: after capture, the two objects, one passive and one active, are connected by the tethered-net flexible link, the motion of the system being excited by the active spacecraft thrusters. The critical modes prevention during this phase, by means of a closed-loop control synthesis is shown. Finally, the connection between

  3. Structural analysis of the intervertebral discs adjacent to an interbody fusion using multibody dynamics and finite element cosimulation

    Monteiro, Nuno Miguel Barroso, E-mail: nuno.barroso.monteiro@gmail.com; Silva, Miguel Pedro Tavares da, E-mail: MiguelSilva@ist.utl.pt; Folgado, Joao Orlando Marques Gameiro, E-mail: jfolgado@dem.ist.utl.pt [Technical University of Lisbon, IDMEC/IST-Instituto Superior Tecnico (Portugal); Melancia, Joao Pedro Levy, E-mail: levymelancia@netcabo.pt [University of Lisbon, FML-Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa (Portugal)

    2011-02-15

    This work describes a methodology for the dynamic and structural analysis of complex (bio)mechanical systems that joins both multibody dynamics and finite element domains, in a synergetic way, through a cosimulation procedure that takes benefit of the advantages of each numerical formulation. To accomplish this goal, a cosimulation module is developed based on the gluing algorithm X-X, which is the key element responsible for the management of the information flux between the two software packages (each using its own mathematical formulation and code). The X-X algorithm uses for each cosimulated structure multiple pairs of reference points whose kinematics are solved by the multibody module and prescribed, as initial data, to the finite element counterpart. The finite element module, by its turn, solves the structural problem imposed by the prescribed kinematics, calculates the resulting generalized loads applied over the reference points and return these loads back to the multibody module that uses them to solve the dynamic problem and to calculate new reference kinematics to prescribe to the finite element module in the next time step. The proposed method is applied to study the cervical spine dynamics in a pathologic situation in which an intersomatic fusion is simulated to confirm its potential advantages. Taking into account the proposed simulation scenario, a cervical spine multibody model that includes the rigid vertebrae, the facet joints' and spinous processes' contacts, ligaments and the finite element models of the intervertebral discs, and their surrogates is developed. The proposed model is simulated for extension in a forward dynamics perspective.

  4. Structural analysis of the intervertebral discs adjacent to an interbody fusion using multibody dynamics and finite element cosimulation

    This work describes a methodology for the dynamic and structural analysis of complex (bio)mechanical systems that joins both multibody dynamics and finite element domains, in a synergetic way, through a cosimulation procedure that takes benefit of the advantages of each numerical formulation. To accomplish this goal, a cosimulation module is developed based on the gluing algorithm X-X, which is the key element responsible for the management of the information flux between the two software packages (each using its own mathematical formulation and code). The X-X algorithm uses for each cosimulated structure multiple pairs of reference points whose kinematics are solved by the multibody module and prescribed, as initial data, to the finite element counterpart. The finite element module, by its turn, solves the structural problem imposed by the prescribed kinematics, calculates the resulting generalized loads applied over the reference points and return these loads back to the multibody module that uses them to solve the dynamic problem and to calculate new reference kinematics to prescribe to the finite element module in the next time step. The proposed method is applied to study the cervical spine dynamics in a pathologic situation in which an intersomatic fusion is simulated to confirm its potential advantages. Taking into account the proposed simulation scenario, a cervical spine multibody model that includes the rigid vertebrae, the facet joints’ and spinous processes’ contacts, ligaments and the finite element models of the intervertebral discs, and their surrogates is developed. The proposed model is simulated for extension in a forward dynamics perspective.

  5. Model Reduction in Co-Rotated Multi-Body Dynamics Based on the Dual Craig-Bampton Method

    Weerathunge Kadawathagedara, S.T.; Rixen, D.J.

    2011-01-01

    A new reduction method for dynamical analsis of multi-body systems is presented in this paper. It fundamentally differs from the ones previously published in the way kinematical constraints are handled. Our approach is based on component mode synthesis, but the specificity of articulated mechanism, in which components are assembled through connecting forces, is taken into account from the reduction level. This is achieved by using a set of modes that are consistent with this type of assembly,...

  6. The Cerebellum: New Computational Model that Reveals its Primary Function to Calculate Multibody Dynamics Conform to Lagrange-Euler Formulation

    Kurtaj, Lavdim; Limani, Ilir; Shatri, Vjosa; Skeja, Avni

    2014-01-01

    Cerebellum is part of the brain that occupies only 10% of the brain volume, but it contains about 80% of total number of brain neurons. New cerebellar function model is developed that sets cerebellar circuits in context of multibody dynamics model computations, as important step in controlling balance and movement coordination, functions performed by two oldest parts of the cerebellum. Model gives new functional interpretation for granule cells-Golgi cell circuit, including distinct function ...

  7. On computing stress in polymer systems involving multi-body potentials from molecular dynamics simulation

    Hardy stress definition has been restricted to pair potentials and embedded-atom method potentials due to the basic assumptions in the derivation of a symmetric microscopic stress tensor. Force decomposition required in the Hardy stress expression becomes obscure for multi-body potentials. In this work, we demonstrate the invariance of the Hardy stress expression for a polymer system modeled with multi-body interatomic potentials including up to four atoms interaction, by applying central force decomposition of the atomic force. The balance of momentum has been demonstrated to be valid theoretically and tested under various numerical simulation conditions. The validity of momentum conservation justifies the extension of Hardy stress expression to multi-body potential systems. Computed Hardy stress has been observed to converge to the virial stress of the system with increasing spatial averaging volume. This work provides a feasible and reliable linkage between the atomistic and continuum scales for multi-body potential systems

  8. Space Solar Power Multi-body Dynamics and Controls, Concepts for the Integrated Symmetrical Concentrator Configuration

    Glaese, John R.; McDonald, Emmett J.

    2000-01-01

    Orbiting space solar power systems are currently being investigated for possible flight in the time frame of 2015-2020 and later. Such space solar power (SSP) satellites are required to be extremely large in order to make practical the process of collection, conversion to microwave radiation, and reconversion to electrical power at earth stations or at remote locations in space. These large structures are expected to be very flexible presenting unique problems associated with their dynamics and control. The purpose of this project is to apply the expanded TREETOPS multi-body dynamics analysis computer simulation program (with expanded capabilities developed in the previous activity) to investigate the control problems associated with the integrated symmetrical concentrator (ISC) conceptual SSP system. SSP satellites are, as noted, large orbital systems having many bodies (perhaps hundreds) with flexible arrays operating in an orbiting environment where the non-uniform gravitational forces may be the major load producers on the structure so that a high fidelity gravity model is required. The current activity arises from our NRA8-23 SERT proposal. Funding, as a supplemental selection, has been provided by NASA with reduced scope from that originally proposed.

  9. Aeroelastic deployable wing simulation considering rotation hinge joint based on flexible multibody dynamics

    Otsuka, Keisuke; Makihara, Kanjuro

    2016-05-01

    Morphing wings have been developed by several organizations for a variety of applications including the changing of flight ability while in the air and reducing the amount of space required to store an aircraft. One such example of morphing wings is the deployable wing that is expected to be used for Mars exploration. When designing wings, aeroelastic simulation is important to prevent the occurrence of destructive phenomena while the wing is in use. Flutter and divergence are typical issues to be addressed. However, it has been difficult to simulate the aeroelastic motion of deployable wings because of the significant differences between these deployable wings and conventional designs. The most apparent difference is the kinematic constraints of deployment, typically a hinge joint. These constraints lead not only to deformation but also to rigid body rotation. This research provides a novel method of overcoming the difficulties associated with handling these kinematic constraints. The proposed method utilizes flexible multibody dynamics and absolute nodal coordinate formulation to describe the dynamic motion of a deployable wing. This paper presents the simulation of the rigid body rotation around the kinematic constraints as induced by the aeroelasticity. The practicality of the proposed method is confirmed.

  10. An Explicit Formulation of Singularity-Free Dynamic Equations of Mechanical Systems in Lagrangian Form---Part Two: Multibody Systems

    Pål Johan From

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the explicit dynamic equations of multibody mechanical systems. This is the second paper on this topic. In the first paper the dynamics of a single rigid body from the Boltzmann--Hamel equations were derived. In this paper these results are extended to also include multibody systems. We show that when quasi-velocities are used, the part of the dynamic equations that appear from the partial derivatives of the system kinematics are identical to the single rigid body case, but in addition we get terms that come from the partial derivatives of the inertia matrix, which are not present in the single rigid body case. We present for the first time the complete and correct derivation of multibody systems based on the Boltzmann--Hamel formulation of the dynamics in Lagrangian form where local position and velocity variables are used in the derivation to obtain the singularity-free dynamic equations. The final equations are written in global variables for both position and velocity. The main motivation of these papers is to allow practitioners not familiar with differential geometry to implement the dynamic equations of rigid bodies without the presence of singularities. Presenting the explicit dynamic equations also allows for more insight into the dynamic structure of the system. Another motivation is to correct some errors commonly found in the literature. Unfortunately, the formulation of the Boltzmann-Hamel equations used here are presented incorrectly. This has been corrected by the authors, but we present here, for the first time, the detailed mathematical details on how to arrive at the correct equations. We also show through examples that using the equations presented here, the dynamics of a single rigid body is reduced to the standard equations on a Lagrangian form, for example Euler's equations for rotational motion and Euler--Lagrange equations for free motion.

  11. A component mode synthesis algorithm for multibody dynamics of wind turbines

    Holm-Jørgensen, K.; Nielsen, S. R. K.

    2009-10-01

    A system reduction scheme related to a multibody formulation of wind turbine dynamics is devised. Each substructure is described in its own frame of reference, which is moving freely in the vicinity of the moving substructure, in principle without any constraints to the rigid body part of the motion of the substructure. The system reduction is based on a component mode synthesis method, where the response of the internal degrees of freedom of the substructure is described as the quasi-static response induced by the boundary degrees of freedom via the constraint modes superimposed in combination to a dynamic component induced by inertial effects and internal loads. The latter component is modelled by a truncated modal expansion in fixed interface undamped eigenmodes. The selected modal vector base for the internal dynamics ensures that the boundary degrees of freedom account for the rigid-body dynamics of the substructure, and explicitly represent the coupling degrees of freedom at the interface to the adjacent substructures. The method has been demonstrated for a blade structure, which has been modelled as two substructures. Two modelling methods have been examined where the first is by use of fixed-fixed eigenmodes for the innermost substructure and fixed-free eigenmodes for the outermost substructure. The other approach is by use of fixed-free eigenmodes for both substructures. The fixed-fixed method shows good correspondence with the full FE model which is not the case for the fixed-free method due to incompatible displacements and rotations at the interface between the two substructures. Moreover, the results from the reduced model by use of constant constraint modes and constant fixed interface modes over a large operating area for the wind turbine blade are almost identical to the full FE model.

  12. Rigid multibody simulation of a helix-like structure: the dynamics of bacterial adhesion pili.

    Zakrisson, Johan; Wiklund, Krister; Servin, Martin; Axner, Ove; Lacoursière, Claude; Andersson, Magnus

    2015-07-01

    We present a coarse-grained rigid multibody model of a subunit assembled helix-like polymer, e.g., adhesion pili expressed by bacteria, that is capable of describing the polymer's force-extension response. With building blocks representing individual subunits, the model appropriately describes the complex behavior of pili expressed by the gram-negative uropathogenic Escherichia coli bacteria under the action of an external force. Numerical simulations show that the dynamics of the model, which include the effects of both unwinding and rewinding, are in good quantitative agreement with the characteristic force-extension response as observed experimentally for type 1 and P pili. By tuning the model, it is also possible to reproduce the force-extension response in the presence of anti-shaft antibodies, which dramatically changes the mechanical properties. Thus, the model and results in this work give enhanced understanding of how a pilus unwinds under the action of external forces and provide a new perspective of the complex bacterial adhesion processes. PMID:25851543

  13. A joint-space numerical model of metabolic energy expenditure for human multibody dynamic system.

    Kim, Joo H; Roberts, Dustyn

    2015-09-01

    Metabolic energy expenditure (MEE) is a critical performance measure of human motion. In this study, a general joint-space numerical model of MEE is derived by integrating the laws of thermodynamics and principles of multibody system dynamics, which can evaluate MEE without the limitations inherent in experimental measurements (phase delays, steady state and task restrictions, and limited range of motion) or muscle-space models (complexities and indeterminacies from excessive DOFs, contacts and wrapping interactions, and reliance on in vitro parameters). Muscle energetic components are mapped to the joint space, in which the MEE model is formulated. A constrained multi-objective optimization algorithm is established to estimate the model parameters from experimental walking data also used for initial validation. The joint-space parameters estimated directly from active subjects provide reliable MEE estimates with a mean absolute error of 3.6 ± 3.6% relative to validation values, which can be used to evaluate MEE for complex non-periodic tasks that may not be experimentally verifiable. This model also enables real-time calculations of instantaneous MEE rate as a function of time for transient evaluations. Although experimental measurements may not be completely replaced by model evaluations, predicted quantities can be used as strong complements to increase reliability of the results and yield unique insights for various applications. PMID:25914404

  14. Computationally efficient multibody simulations

    Ramakrishnan, Jayant; Kumar, Manoj

    1994-01-01

    Computationally efficient approaches to the solution of the dynamics of multibody systems are presented in this work. The computational efficiency is derived from both the algorithmic and implementational standpoint. Order(n) approaches provide a new formulation of the equations of motion eliminating the assembly and numerical inversion of a system mass matrix as required by conventional algorithms. Computational efficiency is also gained in the implementation phase by the symbolic processing and parallel implementation of these equations. Comparison of this algorithm with existing multibody simulation programs illustrates the increased computational efficiency.

  15. A model partitioning method based on dynamic decoupling for the efficient simulation of multibody systems

    Papadopoulos, Alessandro Vittorio, E-mail: alessandro.papadopoulos@control.lth.se [Lund University, Department of Automatic Control (Sweden); Leva, Alberto, E-mail: alberto.leva@polimi.it [Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (Italy)

    2015-06-15

    The presence of different time scales in a dynamic model significantly hampers the efficiency of its simulation. In multibody systems the fact is particularly relevant, as the mentioned time scales may be very different, due, for example, to the coexistence of mechanical components controled by electronic drive units, and may also appear in conjunction with significant nonlinearities. This paper proposes a systematic technique, based on the principles of dynamic decoupling, to partition a model based on the time scales that are relevant for the particular simulation studies to be performed and as transparently as possible for the user. In accordance with said purpose, peculiar to the technique is its neat separation into two parts: a structural analysis of the model, which is general with respect to any possible simulation scenario, and a subsequent decoupled integration, which can conversely be (easily) tailored to the study at hand. Also, since the technique does not aim at reducing but rather at partitioning the model, the state space and the physical interpretation of the dynamic variables are inherently preserved. Moreover, the proposed analysis allows us to define some novel indices relative to the separability of the system, thereby extending the idea of “stiffness” in a way that is particularly keen to its use for the improvement of simulation efficiency, be the envisaged integration scheme monolithic, parallel, or even based on cosimulation. Finally, thanks to the way the analysis phase is conceived, the technique is naturally applicable to both linear and nonlinear models. The paper contains a methodological presentation of the proposed technique, which is related to alternatives available in the literature so as to evidence the peculiarities just sketched, and some application examples illustrating the achieved advantages and motivating the major design choice from an operational viewpoint.

  16. A model partitioning method based on dynamic decoupling for the efficient simulation of multibody systems

    The presence of different time scales in a dynamic model significantly hampers the efficiency of its simulation. In multibody systems the fact is particularly relevant, as the mentioned time scales may be very different, due, for example, to the coexistence of mechanical components controled by electronic drive units, and may also appear in conjunction with significant nonlinearities. This paper proposes a systematic technique, based on the principles of dynamic decoupling, to partition a model based on the time scales that are relevant for the particular simulation studies to be performed and as transparently as possible for the user. In accordance with said purpose, peculiar to the technique is its neat separation into two parts: a structural analysis of the model, which is general with respect to any possible simulation scenario, and a subsequent decoupled integration, which can conversely be (easily) tailored to the study at hand. Also, since the technique does not aim at reducing but rather at partitioning the model, the state space and the physical interpretation of the dynamic variables are inherently preserved. Moreover, the proposed analysis allows us to define some novel indices relative to the separability of the system, thereby extending the idea of “stiffness” in a way that is particularly keen to its use for the improvement of simulation efficiency, be the envisaged integration scheme monolithic, parallel, or even based on cosimulation. Finally, thanks to the way the analysis phase is conceived, the technique is naturally applicable to both linear and nonlinear models. The paper contains a methodological presentation of the proposed technique, which is related to alternatives available in the literature so as to evidence the peculiarities just sketched, and some application examples illustrating the achieved advantages and motivating the major design choice from an operational viewpoint

  17. A combined multibody and finite element approach for dynamic interaction analysis of high-speed train and railway structure including post-derailment behavior during an earthquake

    A combined multibody and finite element approach is given to solve the dynamic interaction of a Shinkansen train (high-speed train in Japan) and the railway structure including post-derailment during an earthquake effectively. The motion of the train is expressed in multibody dynamics. Efficient mechanical models to express interactions between wheel and track structure including post-derailment are given. Rail and track elements expressed in multibody dynamics and FEM are given to solve contact problems between wheel and long railway components effectively. The motion of a railway structure is modeled with various finite elements and rail and track elements. The computer program has been developed for the dynamic interaction analysis of a Shinkansen train and railway structure including post derailment during an earthquake. Numerical examples are demonstrated.

  18. Applied mathematics analysis of the multibody systems

    Sahin, H.; Kar, A. K.; Tacgin, E.

    2012-08-01

    A methodology is developed for the analysis of the multibody systems that is applied on the vehicle as a case study. The previous study emphasizes the derivation of the multibody dynamics equations of motion for bogie [2]. In this work, we have developed a guide-way for the analysis of the dynamical behavior of the multibody systems for mainly validation, verification of the realistic mathematical model and partly for the design of the alternative optimum vehicle parameters.

  19. Stick-slip algorithm in a tangential contact force model for multi-body system dynamics

    Contact force of Multi-body dynamics (MBD) system can be classified two parts. First is a normal force and the other is a tangential force called friction force. And the friction force can be represented by two states such as stick and slip. The stick-slip phenomenon is simply described as a simple contact model which is a rigid body contacted on a sloped surface. If the calculated friction coefficient between the body and sloped surface is less than the static friction coefficient, the body should be stuck. If the calculated friction coefficient is greater than the static friction coefficient, the body will be sliding along the surface. The phenomenon is called as stick and slip state of friction, respectively. Usually many researchers and commercial MBD software used a coulomb friction force model which is defined with an only function of relative velocity. This kind of friction force model will be called a conventional friction force model in this paper. A big problem of the conventional model can not describe a stick state of friction phenomenon. In the case of conventional friction force model, the body will be sliding even though friction state is stick. Because, the relative velocity must have a non-zero value in order to generate the friction force. To solve this kind of problem, we propose a stick-slip friction force model including a spring like force. In the case of stick-slip friction force model, the body can be stuck on the sloped surface because the friction force will be a non-zero value, even though the relative velocity approaches zero. We defined a relative displacement variable called stiction deformation. In this paper, the stick-slip friction model is proposed and applied in the contact algorithm of MBD system. And then two friction models are compared with numerical examples. With the proposed stick-slip friction model, more realistic results are achieved

  20. FMD系统模型及其计算机仿真%Modeling and Simulation of FMD (Flexible Multibody Dynamics)

    于霖冲; 巫喜红

    2004-01-01

    介绍了多柔体系统动力学FMD(Flexible Multibody Dynamics)的力学模型建立、数值求解和计算机仿真的方法.利用Lagrange方法建立多柔体动力学模型,利用参考文献[10]中的实例进行多柔体假设,将计算机仿真结果进行了比较.

  1. Lagrangian Dynamics of Open Multibody Systems with Generalized Holonomic and Nonholonomic Joints

    Duindam, Vincent; Stramigioli, Stefano

    2007-01-01

    Standard methods to model multibody systems are aimed at systems with configuration spaces isomorphic to Rn. This limitation leads to singularities and other artifacts in case the configuration space has a different topology, for example in the case of ball joints or a free-floating mechanism. This

  2. Tyre-road grip coefficient assessment. Part 1: off-line methodology using multibody dynamic simulation and genetic algorithms

    Mántaras, Daniel A.; Luque, Pablo; Nava, Javier A.; Riva, Paolo; Girón, Pablo; Compadre, Diego; Ferran, Jordi

    2013-10-01

    A key factor to understand the vehicle dynamic behaviour is to know as accurately as possible the interaction that occurs between the tyre and the road, since it depends on many factors that influence the dynamic response of the vehicle. This paper aims to develop a methodology in order to characterise the tyre-road behaviour, applying it to obtain the tyre-road grip coefficient. This methodology is based on the use of dynamic simulation of a virtual model, integrated into a genetic algorithm that identifies the tyre-road friction coefficient in order to adjust the response obtained by simulation to real data. The numerical model was developed in collaboration with SEAT Technical Centre and it was implemented in multibody dynamic simulation software Adams®, from MSC®.

  3. Generalized mapping of multi-body dissipative particle dynamics onto fluid compressibility and the Flory-Huggins theory

    Jamali, Safa; Boromand, Arman; Khani, Shaghayegh; Wagner, Jacob; Yamanoi, Mikio; Maia, Joao

    2015-04-01

    In this work, a generalized relation between the fluid compressibility, the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (χ), and the simulation parameters in multi-body dissipative particle dynamics (MDPD) is established. This required revisiting the MDPD equation of state previously reported in the literature and developing general relationships between the parameters used in the MDPD model. We derive a relationship to the Flory-Huggins χ parameter for incompressible fluids similar to the work previously done in dissipative particle dynamics by Groot and Warren. The accuracy of this relationship is evaluated using phase separation in small molecules and the solubility of polymers in dilute solvent solutions via monitoring the scaling of the radius of gyration (Rg) for different solvent qualities. Finally, the dynamics of the MDPD fluid is studied with respect to the diffusion coefficient and the zero shear viscosity.

  4. Effects of effective attractive multi-body interaction on quantum phase and transport dynamics of a strongly correlated bosonic gas across the superfluid to Mott insulator transition

    We theoretically investigate quantum phases and transport dynamics of ultracold atoms trapped in an optical lattice in the presence of effective multi-body interaction. When a harmonic external potential is added, several interesting phenomena are revealed, such as the broadening and the emergence of a central insulator plateau and the phase transition between superfluid and Mott insulator phase. We also study the transport of the system which runs across the superfluid—insulator transition after ramping up the lattice, and predict a slower relaxation which is attributed to the influence of the multi-body interaction on the mass transport

  5. Parallel Evolutionary Optimization of Multibody Systems with Application to Railway Dynamics

    The optimization of multibody systems usually requires many costly criteria computations since the equations of motion must be evaluated by numerical time integration for each considered design. For actively controlled or flexible multibody systems additional difficulties arise as the criteria may contain non-differentiable points or many local minima. Therefore, in this paper a stochastic evolution strategy is used in combination with parallel computing in order to reduce the computation times whilst keeping the inherent robustness. For the parallelization a master-slave approach is used in a heterogeneous workstation/PC cluster. The pool-of-tasks concept is applied in order to deal with the frequently changing workloads of different machines in the cluster. In order to analyze the performance of the parallel optimization method, the suspension of an ICE passenger coach, modeled as an elastic multibody system, is optimized simultaneously with regard to several criteria including vibration damping and a criterion related to safety against derailment. The iterative and interactive nature of a typical optimization process for technical systems is emphasized

  6. Spatial Formulation of Elastic Multibody Systems with Impulsive Constraints

    The problem of modeling the transient dynamics of three-dimensional multibody mechanical systems which encounter impulsive excitations during their functional usage is addressed. The dynamic behavior is represented by a nonlinear dynamic model comprising a mixed set of reference and local elastic coordinates. The finite-element method is employed to represent the local deformations of three-dimensional beam-like elastic components by either a finite set of nodal coordinates or a truncated set of modal coordinates. The finite-element formulation will permit beam elements with variable geometry. The governing equations of motion of the three-dimensional multibody configurations will be derived using the Lagrangian constrained formulation. The generalized impulse-momentum-balance method is extended to accommodate the persistent type of the impulsive constraints. The developed formulation is implemented into a multibody simulation program that assembles the equations of motion and proceeds with its solution. Numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the applicability of the developed method and to display its potential in gaining more insight into the dynamic behavior of such systems

  7. Comparison of Selected Formulations for Multibody System Dynamics with Redundant Constraints

    Pękal Marcin

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper compares selected optimization-based methods for the analysis of multibody systems with redundant constraints. The following numerical schemes are examined: direct integration method, Udwadia-Kalaba formulation, two types of least-squares block solution method and Udwadia-Phohomsiri formulation. In order to compare efficiency of the algorithms, a series of simulations is performed on two exemplary McPherson struts. In the first variant, the mechanism has no redundant constraints whereas the other is overconstrained. Three constraint stabilization schemes are also compared in terms of integration errors.

  8. Complete and incomplete fusion cross sections for 6Li+209Bi reaction in multi-body classical molecular dynamical model

    Using the multi-body Classical Molecular Dynamics simulation of 6Li+209Bi reaction it is shown that: (i) the breakup of a projectile fragment near the barrier leads to substantial increase in the ICF probabilities; (ii) the expected increase in σCF on relaxation of the rigid-body (RB) constraint on the projectile is compensated by reduction in the flux leading to CF, due to ICF events; (iii) the breakup probability increases with ECM and, for given ECM it also increases as b increases and peaks around some b>0, while cross sections σCF and σTF were calculated for b=0 only Therefore, we present the results of σCF (Complete Fusion) and σTF (Total Fusion) calculations which are obtained at critical impact parameter, bcr, where many ICF channels open up and compare with the calculations performed at b=0 only, where only few ICF channels open up

  9. Development of Constraint Force Equation Methodology for Application to Multi-Body Dynamics Including Launch Vehicle Stage Seperation

    Pamadi, Bandu N.; Toniolo, Matthew D.; Tartabini, Paul V.; Roithmayr, Carlos M.; Albertson, Cindy W.; Karlgaard, Christopher D.

    2016-01-01

    The objective of this report is to develop and implement a physics based method for analysis and simulation of multi-body dynamics including launch vehicle stage separation. The constraint force equation (CFE) methodology discussed in this report provides such a framework for modeling constraint forces and moments acting at joints when the vehicles are still connected. Several stand-alone test cases involving various types of joints were developed to validate the CFE methodology. The results were compared with ADAMS(Registered Trademark) and Autolev, two different industry standard benchmark codes for multi-body dynamic analysis and simulations. However, these two codes are not designed for aerospace flight trajectory simulations. After this validation exercise, the CFE algorithm was implemented in Program to Optimize Simulated Trajectories II (POST2) to provide a capability to simulate end-to-end trajectories of launch vehicles including stage separation. The POST2/CFE methodology was applied to the STS-1 Space Shuttle solid rocket booster (SRB) separation and Hyper-X Research Vehicle (HXRV) separation from the Pegasus booster as a further test and validation for its application to launch vehicle stage separation problems. Finally, to demonstrate end-to-end simulation capability, POST2/CFE was applied to the ascent, orbit insertion, and booster return of a reusable two-stage-to-orbit (TSTO) vehicle concept. With these validation exercises, POST2/CFE software can be used for performing conceptual level end-to-end simulations, including launch vehicle stage separation, for problems similar to those discussed in this report.

  10. Numerical methods for multibody systems

    Glowinski, Roland; Nasser, Mahmoud G.

    1994-01-01

    This article gives a brief summary of some results obtained by Nasser on modeling and simulation of inequality problems in multibody dynamics. In particular, the augmented Lagrangian method discussed here is applied to a constrained motion problem with impulsive inequality constraints. A fundamental characteristic of the multibody dynamics problem is the lack of global convexity of its Lagrangian. The problem is transformed into a convex analysis problem by localization (piecewise linearization), where the augmented Lagrangian has been successfully used. A model test problem is considered and a set of numerical experiments is presented.

  11. Mass Accommodation of Water: Bridging the Gap Between Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Kinetic Condensation Models

    Julin, Jan; Shiraiwa, Manabu; Miles, Rachael E H; Reid, Jonathan P.; Pöschl, Ulrich; Riipinen, Ilona

    2013-01-01

    The condensational growth of submicrometer aerosol particles to climate relevant sizes is sensitive to their ability to accommodate vapor molecules, which is described by the mass accommodation coefficient. However, the underlying processes are not yet fully understood. We have simulated the mass accommodation and evaporation processes of water using molecular dynamics, and the results are compared to the condensation equations derived from the kinetic gas theory to shed light on the compatib...

  12. Application of stabilization techniques in the dynamic analysis of multibody systems

    Hajžman M.

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper is intended to the discussion of possible methods for the solution of the motion equations of constrained multibody systems. They can be formulated in the form of differential-algebraic equations and their numerical solution brings the problems of constraint violation and numerical stability. Therefore special methods were proposed to handle these problems. Various approaches for the numerical solution of equations are briefly reviewed and the application of the Baumgarte’s stabilization method on testing examples is shown. The paper was motivated by the effort to find the suitable solution methods for the equations of motion in the form of differentialalgebraic equations using the MATLAB standard computational system.

  13. Non-linear substructure approach for dynamic analysis of rigid-flexible multibody systems

    Liu, A. Q.; Liew, K. M.

    1994-04-01

    This paper presents a substructure synthesis method (SSM) for nonlinear analysis of multibody systems. The detailed derivation of the equation of motion which takes into account the geometric nonlinear effects of large rotation undergoing small strain elastic deformation is presented. Using the substructure synthesis approach, the equation of motion is condensed through the boundary conditions at the interface between the flexible and rigid substructures. As a result, equations of motion for multi-flexible-body systems including the geometric non-linear effects of large rotation are derived. To demonstrate the applicability and accuracy of the proposed approach, an example of a two-link manipulator was chosen for this presentation. The results using the linear and nonlinear models are presented to highlight the effects of geometric nonlinearities.

  14. Massive Parallelization of Multibody System Simulation

    Michael Valášek

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the decrease in CPU time necessary for simulating multibody systems by massive parallelization. The direct dynamics of multibody systems has to be solved by a system of linear algebraic equations. This is a bottleneck for the efficient usage of multiple processors. Simultaneous solution of this task means that the excitation is immediately spread into all components of the multibody system. The bottleneck can be avoided by introducing additional dynamics, and this leads to the possibility of massive parallelization. Two approaches are described. One is a heterogeneousmultiscale method, and the other involves solving a system of linear algebraic equations by artificial dynamics.

  15. Nonlinear finite element formulation for the large displacement analysis in multibody system dynamics

    Rismantab-Sany, J.; Chang, B.; Shabana, A. A.

    1989-01-01

    A total Lagrangian finite element formulation for the deformable bodies in multibody mechanical systems that undergo finite relative rotations is developed. The deformable bodies are discretized using finite element methods. The shape functions that are used to describe the displacement field are required to include the rigid body modes that describe only large translational displacements. This does not impose any limitations on the technique because most commonly used shape functions satisfy this requirement. The configuration of an element is defined using four sets of coordinate systems: Body, Element, Intermediate element, Global. The body coordinate system serves as a unique standard for the assembly of the elements forming the deformable body. The element coordinate system is rigidly attached to the element and therefore it translates and rotates with the element. The intermediate element coordinate system, whose axes are initially parallel to the element axes, has an origin which is rigidly attached to the origin of the body coordinate system and is used to conveniently describe the configuration of the element in undeformed state with respect to the body coordinate system.

  16. A verification library for multibody simulation software

    Kim, Sung-Soo; Haug, Edward J.; Frisch, Harold P.

    1989-01-01

    A multibody dynamics verification library, that maintains and manages test and validation data is proposed, based on RRC Robot arm and CASE backhoe validation and a comparitive study of DADS, DISCOS, and CONTOPS that are existing public domain and commercial multibody dynamic simulation programs. Using simple representative problems, simulation results from each program are cross checked, and the validation results are presented. Functionalities of the verification library are defined, in order to automate validation procedure.

  17. A dynamic multibody model of the physiological knee to predict internal loads during movement in gravitational field.

    Bersini, Simone; Sansone, Valerio; Frigo, Carlo A

    2016-01-01

    Obtaining tibio-femoral (TF) contact forces, ligament deformations and loads during daily life motor tasks would be useful to better understand the aetiopathogenesis of knee joint diseases or the effects of ligament reconstruction and knee arthroplasty. However, methods to obtain this information are either too simplified or too computationally demanding to be used for clinical application. A multibody dynamic model of the lower limb reproducing knee joint contact surfaces and ligaments was developed on the basis of magnetic resonance imaging. Several clinically relevant conditions were simulated, including resistance to hyperextension, varus-valgus stability, anterior-posterior drawer, loaded squat movement. Quadriceps force, ligament deformations and loads, and TF contact forces were computed. During anterior drawer test the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was maximally loaded when the knee was extended (392 N) while the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) was much more stressed during posterior drawer when the knee was flexed (319 N). The simulated loaded squat revealed that the anterior fibres of ACL become inactive after 60° of flexion in conjunction with PCL anterior bundle activation, while most components of the collateral ligaments exhibit limited length changes. Maximum quadriceps and TF forces achieved 3.2 and 4.2 body weight, respectively. The possibility to easily manage model parameters and the low computational cost of each simulation represent key points of the present project. The obtained results are consistent with in vivo measurements, suggesting that the model can be used to simulate complex and clinically relevant exercises. PMID:26057607

  18. Varying parameter models to accommodate dynamic promotion effects

    Foekens, E.W.; Leeflang, P.S.H.; Wittink, D.R.

    1999-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to examine the dynamic effects of sales promotions. We create dynamic brand sales models (for weekly store-level scanner data) by relating store intercepts and a brand's own price elasticity to a measure of the cumulated previous price discounts - amount and time - for t

  19. An investigation of the structural dynamic behaviour of a vehicle transmission by means of multibody simulation; Untersuchung des strukturdynamischen und akustischen Verhaltens eines Fahrzeuggetriebes mit MKS

    Gross, Volker [ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Friedrichshafen (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    The legal regulations and the customers' requirements as regards vehicle comfort are growing more and more stringent. This also includes the transmission systems, as they are expected not so show any obvious acoustic or dynamic weaknesses. Modern simulation methods permit evaluation and optimization of structure-borne and airborne noise in the early stage of development. Especially the FE method is a well-established technique for the simulation of structure-borne sound. With regard to complex transmissions, multibody simulations (MBS) can provide valuable insights for a realistic evaluation of the dynamic behaviour of a transmission. This is demonstrated using a truck transmission as an example. (orig.)

  20. Unconditionally Energy Stable Implicit Time Integration: Application to Multibody System Analysis and Design

    Chen, Shanshin; Tortorelli, Daniel A.; Hansen, John Michael

    1999-01-01

    Advances in computer hardware and improved algorithms for multibody dynamics over the past decade have generated widespread interest in real-time simulations of multibody mechanics systems. At the heart of the widely used algorithms for multibody dynamics are a choice of coordinates which define...... tool. To exemplify the methodology, a wheel loader mechanism is designed to minimize energy consumption subject to trajectory constraints....

  1. Dynamic distance direct ophthalmoscopy, a novel technique to assess accommodation in children

    Mihir Kothari

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To describe and compare dynamic distance direct ophthalmoscopy (DDDO with dynamic retinoscopy (DR in assessment of accommodation in children. Materials and Methods: This prospective observational study had four components. Component 1: to understand the characteristic digital images of DDDO. Component 2: to compare DDDO with DR for detection of accommodative defects in children (1-16 years. Component 3: to compare DDDO with DR for the detection of completeness of pharmacologically induced cycloplegia in children (5-16 years and Component 4: to assess which one of the two techniques was more sensitive to detect onset of cycloplegia after instillation of 1% cyclopentolate eye drops. Results: Component 1: image analysis of DDDO on two subjects (7 years and 35 years demonstrated superior pupillary crescent that progressively disappeared with increasing accommodation. Concurrently an inferior crescent appeared that became bigger in size with increasing accommodation. Component 2: the prevalence of defects in accommodation was 3.3% (33/1000 children. Three had unilateral accommodation failure. Sensitivity of DDDO was 94%, specificity 100%, positive predictive value 100%, negative predictive value 99%, and clinical agreement (kappa 0.97. Component 3: in the detection of completeness of pharmacologically induced cycloplegia (n=30, the sensitivity of DDDO was 94%, specificity 96%, positive predictive value 97%, negative predictive value 93% and kappa 0.9. DR had two false positives. DDDO had one false negative. Component 4: DDDO detected onset of pharmacologically induced cycloplegia 5 min earlier than DR (n=5. Conclusion: DDDO is a novel, simple, clinical and reliable method to assess accommodation in young children. This test can assess the accommodative response of both eyes simultaneously.

  2. Electron accommodation dynamics in the DNA base thymine

    The dynamics of electron attachment to the DNA base thymine are investigated using femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron imaging of the gas phase iodide-thymine (I−T) complex. An ultraviolet pump pulse ejects an electron from the iodide and prepares an iodine-thymine temporary negative ion that is photodetached with a near-IR probe pulse. The resulting photoelectrons are analyzed with velocity-map imaging. At excitation energies ranging from −120 meV to +90 meV with respect to the vertical detachment energy (VDE) of 4.05 eV for I−T, both the dipole-bound and valence-bound negative ions of thymine are observed. A slightly longer rise time for the valence-bound state than the dipole-bound state suggests that some of the dipole-bound anions convert to valence-bound species. No evidence is seen for a dipole-bound anion of thymine at higher excitation energies, in the range of 0.6 eV above the I−T VDE, which suggests that if the dipole-bound anion acts as a “doorway” to the valence-bound anion, it only does so at excitation energies near the VDE of the complex

  3. Discrete time transfer matrix method for dynamics of multibody system with flexible beams moving in space

    Xiao-Ting Rui; Edwin Kreuzer; Bao Rong; Bin He

    2012-01-01

    In this paper,by defining new state vectors and developing new transfer matrices of various elements moving in space,the discrete time transfer matrix method of multi-rigid-flexible-body system is expanded to study the dynamics of muhibody system with flexible beams moving in space.Formulations and numerical example of a rigidflexible-body three pendulums system moving in space are given to validate the method. Using the new method to study the dynamics of multi-rigid-flexible-body system mov ing in space,the global dynamics equations of system are not needed,the orders of involved matrices of the system are very low and the computational speed is high,irrespective of the size of the system.The new method is simple,straightforward,practical,and provides a powerful tool for multi-rigid-flexible-body system dynamics.

  4. Linking rigid multibody systems via controllable thin fluid films

    Estupinan, Edgar Alberto; Santos, Ilmar

    2009-01-01

    rotor via a thin fluid film, where the hydrodynamic pressure is described by the Reynolds equation, which is modified to accommodate the controllable lubrication conditions. The fluid film forces are coupled to the set of nonlinear equations that describes the dynamics of the reciprocating linear......This work deals with the mathematical modelling of multibody systems interconnected via thin fluid films. The dynamics of the fluid films can be actively controlled by means of different types of actuators, allowing significant vibration reduction of the system components. In this framework, this...... compressor. The system of equations is numerically solved for the case when the system operates with conventional hydrodynamic lubrication and for several cases of the bearing operating under controlled hybrid lubrication conditions. The analysis of the results is carried out with focus on the behaviour of...

  5. Mass accommodation of water: bridging the gap between molecular dynamics simulations and kinetic condensation models.

    Julin, Jan; Shiraiwa, Manabu; Miles, Rachael E H; Reid, Jonathan P; Pöschl, Ulrich; Riipinen, Ilona

    2013-01-17

    The condensational growth of submicrometer aerosol particles to climate relevant sizes is sensitive to their ability to accommodate vapor molecules, which is described by the mass accommodation coefficient. However, the underlying processes are not yet fully understood. We have simulated the mass accommodation and evaporation processes of water using molecular dynamics, and the results are compared to the condensation equations derived from the kinetic gas theory to shed light on the compatibility of the two. Molecular dynamics simulations were performed for a planar TIP4P-Ew water surface at four temperatures in the range 268-300 K as well as two droplets, with radii of 1.92 and 4.14 nm at T = 273.15 K. The evaporation flux from molecular dynamics was found to be in good qualitative agreement with that predicted by the simple kinetic condensation equations. Water droplet growth was also modeled with the kinetic multilayer model KM-GAP of Shiraiwa et al. [Atmos. Chem. Phys. 2012, 12, 2777]. It was found that, due to the fast transport across the interface, the growth of a pure water droplet is controlled by gas phase diffusion. These facts indicate that the simple kinetic treatment is sufficient in describing pure water condensation and evaporation. The droplet size was found to have minimal effect on the value of the mass accommodation coefficient. The mass accommodation coefficient was found to be unity (within 0.004) for all studied surfaces, which is in agreement with previous simulation work. Additionally, the simulated evaporation fluxes imply that the evaporation coefficient is also unity. Comparing the evaporation rates of the mass accommodation and evaporation simulations indicated that the high collision flux, corresponding to high supersaturation, present in typical molecular dynamics mass accommodation simulations can under certain conditions lead to an increase in the evaporation rate. Consequently, in such situations the mass accommodation coefficient

  6. A Component Mode Synthesis Algorithm for Multibody Dynamics of Wind Turbines

    Holm-Jørgensen, Kristian; Nielsen, Søren R.K.

    2009-01-01

    motion of the substructure. The system reduction is based on a component mode synthesis method, where the response of the internal degrees of freedom of the substructure is described as the quasi-static response induced by the boundary degrees of freedom via the constraint modes superimposed in...... combination to a dynamic component induced by inertial effects and internal loads. The latter component is modelled by a truncated modal expansion in fixed interface undamped eigenmodes. The selected modal vector base for the internal dynamics ensures that the boundary degrees of freedom account for the rigid...... fixed-free method due to incompatible displacements and rotations at the interface between the two substructures. Moreover, the results from the reduced model by use of constant constraint modes and constant fixed interface modes over a large operating areal for the wind turbine blade are almost...

  7. Biometry of the ciliary muscle during dynamic accommodation assessed with OCT

    Ruggeri, Marco; Hernandez, Victor; de Freitas, Carolina; Manns, Fabrice; Parel, Jean-Marie

    2014-02-01

    Little is known about the structural changes of the ciliary muscle with age and how it may contribute to presbyopia. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has been used to perform ciliary muscle biometry at different age and accommodative states with low resolution and speed. Dynamic imaging and accurate biometry of the ciliary muscle requires high-speed, high-resolution and correction of the OCT image distortions. We integrate an existing custom-made Spectral Domain OCT (SD-OCT) platform working at 840nm for biometry of the human eye with a SD-OCT system working at 1325nm that enables high-speed and high-resolution transscleral imaging of the ciliary muscle dynamically during accommodation and we developed an algorithm to provide corrected thickness measurements of the ciliary muscle.

  8. Wear analysis of revolute joints with clearance in multibody systems

    Bai, ZhengFeng; Zhao, Yang; Wang, XingGui

    2013-08-01

    In this work, the prediction of wear for revolute joint with clearance in multibody systems is investigated using a computational methodology. The contact model in clearance joint is established using a new hybrid nonlinear contact force model and the friction effect is considered by using a modified Coulomb friction model. The dynamics model of multibody system with clearance is established using dynamic segmentation modeling method and the computational process for wear analysis of clearance joint in multibody systems is presented. The main computational process for wear analysis of clearance joint includes two steps, which are dynamics analysis and wear analysis. The dynamics simulation of multibody system with revolute clearance joint is carried out and the contact forces are drawn and used to calculate the wear amount of revolute clearance joint based on the Archard's wear model. Finally, a four-bar multibody mechanical system with revolute clearance joint is used as numerical example application to perform the simulation and show the dynamics responses and wear characteristics of multibody systems with revolute clearance joint. The main results of this work indicate that the contact between the joint elements is wider and more frequent in some specific regions and the wear phenomenon is not regular around the joint surface, which causes the clearance size increase non-regularly after clearance joint wear. This work presents an effective method to predict wear of revolute joint with clearance in multibody systems.

  9. Analog-to-Digital Conversion to Accommodate the Dynamics of Live Music in Hearing Instruments

    Bahlmann, Frauke; Fulton, Bernadette

    2012-01-01

    Hearing instrument design focuses on the amplification of speech to reduce the negative effects of hearing loss. Many amateur and professional musicians, along with music enthusiasts, also require their hearing instruments to perform well when listening to the frequent, high amplitude peaks of live music. One limitation, in most current digital hearing instruments with 16-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, is that the compressor before the A/D conversion is limited to 95 dB (SPL) or less at the input. This is more than adequate for the dynamic range of speech; however, this does not accommodate the amplitude peaks present in live music. The hearing instrument input compression system can be adjusted to accommodate for the amplitudes present in music that would otherwise be compressed before the A/D converter in the hearing instrument. The methodology behind this technological approach will be presented along with measurements to demonstrate its effectiveness. PMID:23258618

  10. 刚柔耦合多体系统动力学模型降阶%Model reduction of dynamics for rigid-flexible multi-body systems

    孙东阳; 陈国平

    2014-01-01

    提出了基于模态综合法的刚柔耦合多体系统动力学模型降阶方法。该方法用自然坐标法和绝对节点坐标法分别描述刚柔耦合多体系统中的刚体构件和柔性体构件,同时用Craig-Bampton方法对柔性体模型进行减缩。对于刚体构件与柔性体构件之间只存在线性约束的情况,建立了消除线性约束的刚柔耦合多体系统动力学方程。最后,为了验证的该方法的有效性,对刚柔耦合双摆进行了研究。仿真结果表明:适当选择模态就可以在满足计算精度的同时减少计算时间,提高计算效率。%Based on the component modal synthesis ,a modal reduction method for rigid-flexible multibody systems is presented in the paper .The natural coordinate formulation and the absolute nodal coordinate formulation are used to describe the rigid parts and the flexible parts of rigid-flexible multi-body systems respectively .Craig-Bampton method is used to reduce the modes of the flexible parts .In the case linear constraints exist between the rigid parts and the flexible parts ,the linear con-straints are eliminated and the dynamical equation for rigid-flexible multi-body systems is obtained .Finally ,in order to verify the effectiveness of the method ,a rigid-flexible double pendulum is studied ,which shows that properly selected modes can meet the requirement of calculation accuracy while the computing time is reduced .

  11. Multibody Multipole Methods

    Lee, Dongryeol; Gray, Alexander G

    2011-01-01

    A three-body potential function can account for interactions among triples of particles which are uncaptured by pairwise interaction functions such as Coulombic or Lennard-Jones potentials. Likewise, a multibody potential of order $n$ can account for interactions among $n$-tuples of particles uncaptured by interaction functions of lower orders. To date, the computation of multibody potential functions for a large number of particles has not been possible due to its $O(N^n)$ scaling cost. In this paper we describe a fast tree-code for efficiently approximating multibody potentials. For the first time, we show how to extend the series-expansion-based approach of Fast Multipole Method-like algorithms to handle interactions among more than two particles. Our approach guarantees a user-specified bound on the absolute or relative error in the computed potential. We provide speedup results on a three-body dispersion potential, the Axilrod-Teller potential.

  12. Multibody minimum-energy trajectory with applications to protein folding

    Leandro, Carlos; Ambrósio, Jorge

    2016-01-01

    This work addresses the optimal control of multibody systems being actuated with control forces in order to find a dynamically feasible minimum-energy trajectory of the system. The optimal control problem and its constraints are integrated in a discrete version of the equation of motion allowing the minimization of system energy with respect to a discrete state and control trajectory. The work is centred on a specific type of open-chain multibody system, with strong local propensity, where th...

  13. Flexible Multibody Systems Models Using Composite Materials Components

    Neto, Maria Augusta; Ambrósio, Jorge A. C.; Leal, Rogério Pereira

    2004-01-01

    The use of a multibody methodology to describe the large motion of complex systems that experience structural deformations enables to represent the complete system motion, the relative kinematics between the components involved, the deformation of the structural members and the inertia coupling between the large rigid body motion and the system elastodynamics. In this work, the flexible multibody dynamics formulations of complex models are extended to include elastic components made of compos...

  14. A Cervico-Thoraco-Lumbar Multibody Dynamic Model for the Estimation of Joint Loads and Muscle Forces.

    Khurelbaatar, Tsolmonbaatar; Kim, Kyungsoo; Hyuk Kim, Yoon

    2015-11-01

    Computational musculoskeletal models have been developed to predict mechanical joint loads on the human spine, such as the forces and moments applied to vertebral and facet joints and the forces that act on ligaments and muscles because of difficulties in the direct measurement of joint loads. However, many whole-spine models lack certain elements. For example, the detailed facet joints in the cervical region or the whole spine region may not be implemented. In this study, a detailed cervico-thoraco-lumbar multibody musculoskeletal model with all major ligaments, separated structures of facet contact and intervertebral disk joints, and the rib cage was developed. The model was validated by comparing the intersegmental rotations, ligament tensile forces, facet joint contact forces, compressive and shear forces on disks, and muscle forces were to those reported in previous experimental and computational studies both by region (cervical, thoracic, or lumbar regions) and for the whole model. The comparisons demonstrated that our whole spine model is consistent with in vitro and in vivo experimental studies and with computational studies. The model developed in this study can be used in further studies to better understand spine structures and injury mechanisms of spinal disorders. PMID:26292160

  15. The dynamic nature of assimilation and accommodation procedures in the brains of Chinese-English and English-Chinese bilinguals.

    Sun, Yafeng; Peng, Danling; Ding, Guosheng; Qi, Ting; Desroches, Amy S; Liu, Li

    2015-10-01

    The framework of assimilation and accommodation has been proposed to explain the brain mechanisms supporting second language reading acquisition (Perfetti et al. [2007]: Bilingual Lang Cogn 10:131). Assimilation refers to using the procedures of the native language network in the acquisition of a new writing system, whereas accommodation refers to using second language procedures for reading the newly acquired writing system. We investigated assimilation and accommodation patterns in the brains of bilingual individuals by recruiting a group of Chinese-English bilinguals and a group of English-Chinese bilinguals to perform lexical decision tasks in both English and Chinese. The key question was whether the assimilation/accommodation procedures supporting second language reading in the brains of Chinese-English and English-Chinese bilinguals were dynamic, i.e., modulated by proficiency in the second language and perceptual features of the second language's script. Perceptual features of the scripts were manipulated through orthographic degradation by inserting spaces between the radicals of a Chinese character or between the syllables of an English word. This manipulation disrupts the visual configuration of the orthography but does not change its more fundamental design principles. We found that for English-Chinese bilinguals, higher proficiency was associated with greater accommodation, suggesting that the accommodation procedure in a bilingual individual's brain is modulated by second language proficiency. Most interestingly, we found that the assimilation/accommodation effects vanished or diminished when orthographically degraded scripts were processed by both Chinese-English and English-Chinese bilinguals, suggesting that the assimilation/accommodation procedures in a bilingual individual's brain are modulated by perceptual features of orthography. This work therefore offers a new, dynamic perspective for our understanding of the assimilation/accommodation

  16. Multibody simulation of adhesion pili

    Zakrisson, Johan; Servin, Martin; Axner, Ove; Lacoursiere, Claude; Andersson, Magnus

    2014-01-01

    We present a coarse grained rigid multibody model of a subunit assembled helix-like polymer, e.g., adhesion pili expressed by bacteria, that is capable of describing the polymers force-extension response. With building blocks representing individual subunits the model appropriately describes the complex behavior of pili expressed by the gram-negative uropathogenic Escherichia coli bacteria under the action of an external force. Numerical simulations show that the dynamics of the model, which include both the effects of unwinding and rewinding, are in good quantitative agreement with the characteristic force-extension response as observed experimentally for type 1 and P pili. By tuning the model, it is also possible to reproduce the force-extension response in the presence of anti-shaft antibodies, which dramatically changes the mechanical properties. Thus, the model and the results in this work give enhanced understanding of how a pilus unwinds under action of external forces and provide new perspective of th...

  17. Composite materials in flexible multibody systems

    Neto, Maria Augusta; Ambrósio, Jorge A. C.; Leal, Rogério P.

    2006-01-01

    In this work the flexible multibody dynamics formulations of complex models are extended to include elastic components made of laminated composite materials. The only limitation for the deformation of a structural member is that it must be elastic and linear when described in a body fixed frame. A finite element model for each flexible body is obtained such that the nodal coordinates are described with respect to the body fixed frame and the inertia terms involved in the mass matrix and gyros...

  18. Revolute joints with clearance in multibody systems

    Flores, Paulo; Ambrósio, Jorge

    2004-01-01

    A computational methodology for dynamic analysis of multibody mechanical systems with joint clearance is presented in this work. Clearances always exist in real joints in order to ensure the correct relative motion between the connected bodies being the gap associated to them a result of machining tolerance, wear, and local deformations. Clearance at different joints is the source for impact forces, resulting in wear and tear of the joints, and consequently the degradation of the system perfo...

  19. Dynamics and control for Constrained Multibody Systems modeled with Maggi's equation: Application to Differential Mobile Robots Partll

    Amengonu, Yawo H.; Kakad, Yogendra P.

    2014-07-01

    Quasivelocity techniques were applied to derive the dynamics of a Differential Wheeled Mobile Robot (DWMR) in the companion paper. The present paper formulates a control system design for trajectory tracking of this class of robots. The method develops a feedback linearization technique for the nonlinear system using dynamic extension algorithm. The effectiveness of the nonlinear controller is illustrated with simulation example.

  20. Analysis of Nonlinear Multibody Systems with Elastic Couplings

    This paper is concerned with the dynamic analysis of nonlinear multibody systems involving elastic members made of laminated, anisotropic composite materials. The analysis methodology can be viewed as a three-step procedure. First, the sectional properties of beams made of composite materials are determined based on an asymptotic procedure that involves a two-dimensional finite element analysis of the cross-section. Second, the dynamic response of nonlinear, flexible multibody systems is simulated within the framework of energy-preserving and energy-decaying time-integration schemes that provide unconditional stability for nonlinear systems. Finally, local three-dimensional stresses in the beams are recovered, based on the stress resultants predicted in the previous step. Numerical examples are presented and focus on the behavior of multibody systems involving members with elastic couplings

  1. Dynamics and Control of Constrained Multibody Systems modeled with Maggi's equation: Application to Differential Mobile Robots Part I

    Amengonu, Yawo H.; Kakad, Yogendra P.

    2014-07-01

    Quasivelocity techniques such as Maggi's and Boltzmann-Hamel's equations eliminate Lagrange multipliers from the beginning as opposed to the Euler-Lagrange method where one has to solve for the n configuration variables and the multipliers as functions of time when there are m nonholonomic constraints. Maggi's equation produces n second-order differential equations of which (n-m) are derived using (n-m) independent quasivelocities and the time derivative of the m kinematic constraints which add the remaining m second order differential equations. This technique is applied to derive the dynamics of a differential mobile robot and a controller which takes into account these dynamics is developed.

  2. Accommodative Esotropia

    ... effect of the accommodative effort can be excess convergence or crossing of the eyes. Why is accommodative esotropia a concern in children? ... accommodative effort. In turn, this will reduce the convergence or crossing stimulus and the eyes will straighten as they relax. Glasses or contacts ...

  3. On the First-Order Decoupling of Dynamical Equations of Motion for Elastic Multibody Systems as Applied to a Two-Link Flexible Manipulator

    An improved method for deriving elastic generalized coordinates is considered. Then Kane's equations of motion for multibody systems consisting of an arbitrary number of rigid and elastic bodies are presented. The equations are in general form and are applicable for any desired holonomic system. Flexibility in choosing generalized speeds interims of generalized coordinate derivatives in Kane's method is used. It is shown that proper choice of a congruency transformation between generalized coordinate derivatives and generalized speeds leads to equations of motion for holonomic multibody systems consisting of an arbitrary number of rigid and elastic bodies. These equations are decoupled in first-order terms. In order to show the use of this method, a simple system consisting of a lumped mass, a spring and clamped-free elastic beam is modeled. Finally, the numerical implementation of decoupling using congruency transformation is discussed and shown via simulation of a two-degrees-of-freedom flexible robot

  4. The mechanisms of plastic strain accommodation and post critical behavior of heterogeneous reactive composites subject to dynamic loading

    Olney, Karl L.

    The dynamic behavior of granular/porous and laminate reactive materials is of interest due to their practical applications; reactive structural components, reactive fragments, etc. The mesostructural properties control meso- and macro-scale dynamic behavior of these heterogeneous composites including the behavior during the post-critical stage of deformation. They heavily influence mechanisms of fragment generation and the in situ development of local hot spots, which act as sites of ignition in these materials. This dissertation concentrates on understanding the mechanisms of plastic strain accommodation in two representative reactive material systems with different heterogeneous mesostructrues: Aluminum-Tungsten granular/porous and Nickel-Aluminum laminate composites. The main focus is on the interpretation of results of the following dynamic experiments conducted at different strain and strain rates: drop weight tests, explosively expanded ring experiments, and explosively collapsed thick walled cylinder experiments. Due to the natural limitations in the evaluation of the mesoscale behavior of these materials experimentally and the large variation in the size scales between the mesostructural level and the sample, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to examine the mesoscale behavior in situ. Therefore, numerical simulations of the corresponding experiments are used as the main tool to explore material behavior at the mesoscale. Numerical models were developed to elucidate the mechanisms of plastic strain accommodation and post critical behavior in these heterogeneous composites subjected to dynamic loading. These simulations were able to reproduce the qualitative and quantitative features that were observable in the experiments and provided insight into the evolution of the mechanisms of plastic strain accommodation and post critical behavior in these materials with complex mesotructure. Additionally, these simulations provided a framework to examine

  5. Tourism in European cities: insights into the dynamics of weekend hotel accommodation

    Poater Teixidor, Albert; Garriga Ripoll, Anna

    2009-01-01

    The rationalization of the cost of accommodation for the most representative night of the weekend (from Saturday to Sunday) was examined using hotel price information from the Internet. The overall data are related to 20 benchmark European cities, but also include brief comparisons with other cities around the world. The tool used to obtain the information was a web searcher with similar characteristics to a travel agency, which allows booking via the Internet. The amount of data thus collect...

  6. Molecular dynamics studies to understand the mechanism of heat accommodation in homogeneous condensing flow of carbon dioxide.

    Kumar, Rakesh; Li, Zheng; van Duin, Adri; Levin, Deborah

    2011-08-14

    Using molecular dynamics (MD), we have studied the mechanism of heat accommodation between carbon dioxide clusters and monomers for temperatures and cluster size conditions that exist in homogeneous condensing supersonic expansion plumes. The work was motivated by our meso-scale direct simulation Monte Carlo and Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook based condensation simulations where we found that the heat accommodation model plays a key role in the near-field of the nozzle expansion particularly as the degree of condensation increases [R. Kumar, Z. Li, and D. Levin, Phys. Fluids 23, 052001 (2011)]. The heat released by nucleation and condensation and the heat removed by cluster evaporation can be transferred or removed from either the kinetic or translational modes of the carbon dioxide monomers. The molecular dynamics results show that the time required for gas-cluster interactions to establish an equilibrium from an initial state of non-equilibrium is less than the time step used in meso-scale analyses [R. Kumar, Z. Li, and D. Levin, Phys. Fluids 23, 052001 (2011)]. Therefore, the good agreement obtained between the measured cluster and gas number density and gas temperature profiles with the meso-scale modeling using the second energy exchange mechanism is not fortuitous but is physically based. Our MD simulations also showed that a dynamic equilibrium is established by the gas-cluster interactions in which condensation and evaporation processes take place constantly to and from a cluster. PMID:21842939

  7. Tetraquark state and multibody interaction

    The tetraquark states with diquark-anti-diquark configuration have been studied in the flux-tube model, in which the multibody confinement is used. In this model approach, the states Y(2175), f0(600), f0(980), and X(1576) can be assigned as tetraquark states. They are color confinement resonances with three-dimension structure. This study suggests that the multibody confinement should be employed in the quark model study of multiquark states instead of the additive two-body confinement.

  8. Research on Modal Parameters Identification of Parallel Manipulator with Flexible Multi-Body System

    Chunxia Zhu; Jiman Luo; Dan Wang; Bing Cai

    2013-01-01

    In this study, a new method based on simulation is proposed. And the analysis method based on flexible multi-body system of parallel manipulator is provided in the same time. Firstly, modal analysis principle of parallel manipulator was analyzed in theory and the parameters of dynamic characteristic were identified by theoretical analysis. Then vibration model of flexible multi-body for parallel manipulator was built in virtual prototype software and formed vibration system of rigid and flexi...

  9. Flexible Multibody Systems Models Using Composite Materials Components

    The use of a multibody methodology to describe the large motion of complex systems that experience structural deformations enables to represent the complete system motion, the relative kinematics between the components involved, the deformation of the structural members and the inertia coupling between the large rigid body motion and the system elastodynamics. In this work, the flexible multibody dynamics formulations of complex models are extended to include elastic components made of composite materials, which may be laminated and anisotropic. The deformation of any structural member must be elastic and linear, when described in a coordinate frame fixed to one or more material points of its domain, regardless of the complexity of its geometry. To achieve the proposed flexible multibody formulation, a finite element model for each flexible body is used. For the beam composite material elements, the sections properties are found using an asymptotic procedure that involves a two-dimensional finite element analysis of their cross-section. The equations of motion of the flexible multibody system are solved using an augmented Lagrangian formulation and the accelerations and velocities are integrated in time using a multi-step multi-order integration algorithm based on the Gear method

  10. Active vibration control of spatial flexible multibody systems

    In this work a flexible multibody dynamics formulation of complex models including elastic components made of composite materials is extended to include piezoelectric sensors and actuators. The only limitation for the deformation of a structural member is that they must remain elastic and linear when described in a coordinate frame fixed to a material point or region of its domain. The flexible finite-element model of each flexible body is obtained referring the flexible body nodal coordinates to the body fixed frame and using a diagonalized mass description of the inertia in the mass matrix and on the gyroscopic force vector. The modal superposition technique is used to reduce the number of generalized coordinates to a reasonable dimension for complex shaped structural models of flexible bodies. The active vibration control of the flexible multibody components is implemented using an asymmetric collocated piezoelectric sensor/actuator pair. An electromechanically coupled model is taken into account to properly consider the surface-bonded piezoelectric transducers and their effects on the time and spatial response of the flexible multibody components. The electromechanical effects are introduced in the flexible multibody equations of motion by the use of beam and plate/shell elements, developed to this purpose. A comparative study between the classical control strategies, constant gain and amplitude velocity feedback, and optimal control strategy, linear quadratic regulator (LQR), is performed in order to investigate their effectiveness to suppress vibrations in structures with piezoelectric sensing and actuating patches.

  11. Active vibration control of spatial flexible multibody systems

    Neto, Maria Augusta, E-mail: augusta.neto@dem.uc.pt [Universidade de Coimbra (Polo II), Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica, Faculdade de Ciencia e Tecnologia (Portugal); Ambrosio, Jorge A. C., E-mail: jorge@dem.ist.utl.pt [Instituto Superior Tecnico, Instituto de Engenharia Mecanica (Portugal); Roseiro, Luis M., E-mail: lroseiro@isec.pt [Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra, Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica (Portugal); Amaro, A., E-mail: ana.amaro@dem.uc.pt [Universidade de Coimbra (Polo II), Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica, Faculdade de Ciencia e Tecnologia (Portugal); Vasques, C. M. A., E-mail: cvasques@inegi.up.pt [Universidade do Porto, INEGI-Instituto de Engenharia Mecanica e Gestao Industrial (Portugal)

    2013-06-15

    In this work a flexible multibody dynamics formulation of complex models including elastic components made of composite materials is extended to include piezoelectric sensors and actuators. The only limitation for the deformation of a structural member is that they must remain elastic and linear when described in a coordinate frame fixed to a material point or region of its domain. The flexible finite-element model of each flexible body is obtained referring the flexible body nodal coordinates to the body fixed frame and using a diagonalized mass description of the inertia in the mass matrix and on the gyroscopic force vector. The modal superposition technique is used to reduce the number of generalized coordinates to a reasonable dimension for complex shaped structural models of flexible bodies. The active vibration control of the flexible multibody components is implemented using an asymmetric collocated piezoelectric sensor/actuator pair. An electromechanically coupled model is taken into account to properly consider the surface-bonded piezoelectric transducers and their effects on the time and spatial response of the flexible multibody components. The electromechanical effects are introduced in the flexible multibody equations of motion by the use of beam and plate/shell elements, developed to this purpose. A comparative study between the classical control strategies, constant gain and amplitude velocity feedback, and optimal control strategy, linear quadratic regulator (LQR), is performed in order to investigate their effectiveness to suppress vibrations in structures with piezoelectric sensing and actuating patches.

  12. Computational Methods for Structural Mechanics and Dynamics

    Stroud, W. Jefferson (Editor); Housner, Jerrold M. (Editor); Tanner, John A. (Editor); Hayduk, Robert J. (Editor)

    1989-01-01

    Topics addressed include: transient dynamics; transient finite element method; transient analysis in impact and crash dynamic studies; multibody computer codes; dynamic analysis of space structures; multibody mechanics and manipulators; spatial and coplanar linkage systems; flexible body simulation; multibody dynamics; dynamical systems; and nonlinear characteristics of joints.

  13. Modeling Multibody Systems with Uncertainties. Part I: Theoretical and Computational Aspects

    This study explores the use of generalized polynomial chaos theory for modeling complex nonlinear multibody dynamic systems in the presence of parametric and external uncertainty. The polynomial chaos framework has been chosen because it offers an efficient computational approach for the large, nonlinear multibody models of engineering systems of interest, where the number of uncertain parameters is relatively small, while the magnitude of uncertainties can be very large (e.g., vehicle-soil interaction). The proposed methodology allows the quantification of uncertainty distributions in both time and frequency domains, and enables the simulations of multibody systems to produce results with 'error bars'. The first part of this study presents the theoretical and computational aspects of the polynomial chaos methodology. Both unconstrained and constrained formulations of multibody dynamics are considered. Direct stochastic collocation is proposed as less expensive alternative to the traditional Galerkin approach. It is established that stochastic collocation is equivalent to a stochastic response surface approach. We show that multi-dimensional basis functions are constructed as tensor products of one-dimensional basis functions and discuss the treatment of polynomial and trigonometric nonlinearities. Parametric uncertainties are modeled by finite-support probability densities. Stochastic forcings are discretized using truncated Karhunen-Loeve expansions. The companion paper 'Modeling Multibody Dynamic Systems With Uncertainties. Part II: Numerical Applications' illustrates the use of the proposed methodology on a selected set of test problems. The overall conclusion is that despite its limitations, polynomial chaos is a powerful approach for the simulation of multibody systems with uncertainties

  14. Alternate space station freedom configuration considerations to accommodate solar dynamic power

    Deryder, L. J.; Cruz, J. N.; Heck, M. L.; Robertson, B. P.; Troutman, P. A.

    1989-01-01

    The results of a technical audit of the Space Station Freedom Program conducted by the Program Director was announced in early 1989 and included a proposal to use solar dynamic power generation systems to provide primary electrical energy for orbital flight operations rather than photovoltaic solar array systems. To generate the current program baseline power of 75 kW, two or more solar concentrators approximately 50 feet in diameter would be required to replace four pairs of solar arrays whose rectangular blanket size is approximately 200 feet by 30 feet. The photovoltaic power system concept uses solar arrays to generate electricity that is stored in nickel-hydrogen batteries. The proposed concept uses the solar concentrator dishes to reflect and focus the Sun's energy to heat helium-xenon gas to drive electricity generating turbines. The purpose here is to consider the station configuration issues for incorporation of solar dynamic power system components. Key flight dynamic configuration geometry issues are addressed and an assembly sequence scenario is developed.

  15. First order sensitivity analysis of flexible multibody systems using absolute nodal coordinate formulation

    Design sensitivity analysis of flexible multibody systems is important in optimizing the performance of mechanical systems. The choice of coordinates to describe the motion of multibody systems has a great influence on the efficiency and accuracy of both the dynamic and sensitivity analysis. In the flexible multibody system dynamics, both the floating frame of reference formulation (FFRF) and absolute nodal coordinate formulation (ANCF) are frequently utilized to describe flexibility, however, only the former has been used in design sensitivity analysis. In this article, ANCF, which has been recently developed and focuses on modeling of beams and plates in large deformation problems, is extended into design sensitivity analysis of flexible multibody systems. The Motion equations of a constrained flexible multibody system are expressed as a set of index-3 differential algebraic equations (DAEs), in which the element elastic forces are defined using nonlinear strain-displacement relations. Both the direct differentiation method and adjoint variable method are performed to do sensitivity analysis and the related dynamic and sensitivity equations are integrated with HHT-I3 algorithm. In this paper, a new method to deduce system sensitivity equations is proposed. With this approach, the system sensitivity equations are constructed by assembling the element sensitivity equations with the help of invariant matrices, which results in the advantage that the complex symbolic differentiation of the dynamic equations is avoided when the flexible multibody system model is changed. Besides that, the dynamic and sensitivity equations formed with the proposed method can be efficiently integrated using HHT-I3 method, which makes the efficiency of the direct differentiation method comparable to that of the adjoint variable method when the number of design variables is not extremely large. All these improvements greatly enhance the application value of the direct differentiation

  16. Modeling multibody systems with uncertainties. Part II: Numerical applications

    This study applies generalized polynomial chaos theory to model complex nonlinear multibody dynamic systems operating in the presence of parametric and external uncertainty. Theoretical and computational aspects of this methodology are discussed in the companion paper 'Modeling Multibody Dynamic Systems With Uncertainties. Part I: Theoretical and Computational Aspects .In this paper we illustrate the methodology on selected test cases. The combined effects of parametric and forcing uncertainties are studied for a quarter car model. The uncertainty distributions in the system response in both time and frequency domains are validated against Monte-Carlo simulations. Results indicate that polynomial chaos is more efficient than Monte Carlo and more accurate than statistical linearization. The results of the direct collocation approach are similar to the ones obtained with the Galerkin approach. A stochastic terrain model is constructed using a truncated Karhunen-Loeve expansion. The application of polynomial chaos to differential-algebraic systems is illustrated using the constrained pendulum problem. Limitations of the polynomial chaos approach are studied on two different test problems, one with multiple attractor points, and the second with a chaotic evolution and a nonlinear attractor set. The overall conclusion is that, despite its limitations, generalized polynomial chaos is a powerful approach for the simulation of multibody dynamic systems with uncertainties

  17. Analysis of servo-constraint problems for underactuated multibody systems

    R. Seifried

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Underactuated multibody systems have fewer control inputs than degrees of freedom. In trajectory tracking control of such systems an accurate and efficient feedforward control is often necessary. For multibody systems feedforward control by model inversion can be designed using servo-constraints. So far servo-constraints have been mostly applied to differentially flat underactuated mechanical systems. Differentially flat systems can be inverted purely by algebraic manipulations and using a finite number of differentiations of the desired output trajectory. However, such algebraic solutions are often hard to find and therefore the servo-constraint approach provides an efficient and practical solution method. Recently first results on servo-constraint problems of non-flat underactuated multibody systems have been reported. Hereby additional dynamics arise, so-called internal dynamics, yielding a dynamical system as inverse model. In this paper the servo-constraint problem is analyzed for both, differentially flat and non-flat systems. Different arising important phenomena are demonstrated using two illustrative examples. Also strategies for the numerical solution of servo-constraint problems are discussed.

  18. Static analysis of large-scale multibody system using joint coordinates and spatial algebra operator.

    Omar, Mohamed A

    2014-01-01

    Initial transient oscillations inhibited in the dynamic simulations responses of multibody systems can lead to inaccurate results, unrealistic load prediction, or simulation failure. These transients could result from incompatible initial conditions, initial constraints violation, and inadequate kinematic assembly. Performing static equilibrium analysis before the dynamic simulation can eliminate these transients and lead to stable simulation. Most exiting multibody formulations determine the static equilibrium position by minimizing the system potential energy. This paper presents a new general purpose approach for solving the static equilibrium in large-scale articulated multibody. The proposed approach introduces an energy drainage mechanism based on Baumgarte constraint stabilization approach to determine the static equilibrium position. The spatial algebra operator is used to express the kinematic and dynamic equations of the closed-loop multibody system. The proposed multibody system formulation utilizes the joint coordinates and modal elastic coordinates as the system generalized coordinates. The recursive nonlinear equations of motion are formulated using the Cartesian coordinates and the joint coordinates to form an augmented set of differential algebraic equations. Then system connectivity matrix is derived from the system topological relations and used to project the Cartesian quantities into the joint subspace leading to minimum set of differential equations. PMID:25045732

  19. On the use of the consistent mass matrix in flexible multibody systems

    Anthony, Tobin C.; Craig, Roy R., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    Two different methods are used in finite element structural analysis to define element mass distribution: consistent and lumped mass approximations. The lumped mass method is currently favored in multibody dynamics software packages because of its computational efficiency. This paper, however, presents a multibody dynamics formulation based on the consistent mass approach which should prove to be as computationally efficient as the lumped mass approach. It is shown that when component flexibility is modelled using modal coordinates, the equations of motion, as formulated by these two methods, are very similar in appearance, thereby facilitating their comparison. It is also shown, through simulation of a simple multibody system, that a system formulated with the lumped mass approximation will often require more finite elements and smaller integration step sizes than the corresponding consistent mass system.

  20. Algebraic analysis approach for multibody problems

    Here we propose an algebraic analysis approach for multibody Coulomb interactions. The momentum transfer cross section calculated by the algebraic approximation is close to the exact one. The CPU time required for the algebraic approximation is only about 20 min using a personal computer, whereas the exact analysis requires 15 h to integrate the entire set of multibody equations of motion, in which all the field particles are at rest. (author)

  1. Further Results of Soft-Inplane Tiltrotor Aeromechanics Investigation Using Two Multibody Analyses

    Masarati, Pierangelo; Quaranta, Giuseppe; Piatak, David J.; Singleton, Jeffrey D.

    2004-01-01

    This investigation focuses on the development of multibody analytical models to predict the dynamic response, aeroelastic stability, and blade loading of a soft-inplane tiltrotor wind-tunnel model. Comprehensive rotorcraft-based multibody analyses enable modeling of the rotor system to a high level of detail such that complex mechanics and nonlinear effects associated with control system geometry and joint deadband may be considered. The influence of these and other nonlinear effects on the aeromechanical behavior of the tiltrotor model are examined. A parametric study of the design parameters which may have influence on the aeromechanics of the soft-inplane rotor system are also included in this investigation.

  2. Multibody fusion model to explain experimental results

    Worldwide cold fusion experiments have given anomalous results with regard to levels of kilo-electron-volts per atom excess heat, He generation, level of emission of neutrons and tritons with a 10-4 to 10-7 neutron-to-triton yield ratio, and emission of high-energy charged particles, which cannot be explained by the known d+d fusion process. A previously proposed multibody deuteron fusion model in solids is elaborated further to explain these anamalous results. A transient dynamics in metal deuterides is proposed to generate close pairs and clusters of deuterons with time-dependent deep atomic potential inducing a strong screening effect on Coulomb barrier penetration. Very approximate numerical estimations of reaction rates for the competing 2D, 3D, and 4D fusion processes in PdDx and TiDx are obtained with high-levels. Decay channels of virtual compound states, i.e., 4He*, 5Li*, 6Li*, 7Be*, and 8Be* by 2D, H+2D, 3D, H+3D, and 4D fusions, are discussed in detail to know the nuclear products. Major generation of 4He by H+2D, 3D, H+3D, and 4D processes are concluded. Identification of particle types and their specific released kinetic energies is given to explain measured charged-particle spectra by deuteron beam inplantation experiments. 28 refs., 16 figs

  3. A class of stabilizing controllers for flexible multibody systems

    Joshi, Suresh M.; Kelkar, Atul G.; Maghami, Peiman G.

    1995-01-01

    The problem of controlling a class of nonlinear multibody flexible space systems consisting of a flexible central body to which a number of articulated appendages are attached is considered. Collocated actuators and sensors are assumed, and global asymptotic stability of such systems is established under a nonlinear dissipative control law. The stability is shown to be robust to unmodeled dynamics and parametric uncertainties. For a special case in which the attitude motion of the central body is small, the system, although still nonlinear, is shown to be stabilized by linear dissipative control laws. Two types of linear controllers are considered: static dissipative (constant gain) and dynamic dissipative. The static dissipative control law is also shown to provide robust stability in the presence of certain classes of actuator and sensor nonlinearities and actuator dynamics. The results obtained for this special case can also be readily applied for controlling single-body linear flexible space structures. For this case, a synthesis technique for the design of a suboptimal dynamic dissipative controller is also presented. The results obtained in this paper are applicable to a broad class of multibody and single-body systems such as flexible multilink manipulators, multipayload space platforms, and space antennas. The stability proofs use the Lyapunov approach and exploit the inherent passivity of such systems.

  4. A natural partitioning scheme for parallel simulation of multibody systems

    Chiou, J. C.; Park, K. C.; Farhat, C.

    1993-01-01

    A parallel partitioning scheme based on physical-co-ordinate variables is presented to systematically eliminate system constraint forces and yield the equations of motion of multibody dynamics systems in terms of their independent coordinates. Key features of the present scheme include an explicit determination of the independent coordinates, a parallel construction of the null space matrix of the constraint Jacobian matrix, an easy incorporation of the previously developed two-stage staggered solution procedure and a Schur complement based parallel preconditioned conjugate gradient numerical algorithm.

  5. Multibody interactions of actuated magnetic particles used as fluid drivers in microchannels

    Derks, R.J.S.; Frijns, A.J.H.; Prins, M.W.J.; Dietzel, A.H.

    2010-01-01

    The forced motion of superparamagnetic particles and their multibody interactions are studied in view of the application as integrated fluid drivers in microchannel systems. Previous studies on particle manipulation in open fluid volumes serve as our starting point for the analysis of particle dynam

  6. Multibody Dissipative Particle Dynamics Study of the Composition Effect on the Morphology of Block Copolymer Thin Film%嵌段共聚物组成对薄膜形貌影响的多体耗散粒子动力学研究

    李延春; 刘鸿; 黄旭日; 孙家锺

    2011-01-01

    利用多体耗散粒子动力学(Multibody Dissipative Particle Dynamics,Multibody DPD)方法研究了在溶剂蒸发条件下,嵌段共聚物在表面自组装形成薄膜的过程,分别考虑了两嵌段共聚物和三嵌段共聚物及不同组成对薄膜形貌的影响.模拟得到了无序状薄膜和层状薄膜,并计算了这些薄膜的序参量和薄膜厚度随时间的演化.结果表明,嵌段共聚物的组成对薄膜厚度几乎没有影响,当某种组分的链段很短时,只能形成序参量较小的无序薄膜,相反,则可以得到序参量较大的层状薄膜.%We use multibody dissipative particle dynamics method to investigate the thin film formed by self-assembly of block copolymer on attractive surface under evaporation condition. We consider the composition effect on the morphology of diblock and triblock copolymer thin film. We obtain disorder and lamellar morphology and give the time evolution of the order parameter and the film thickness. The results reveal that the composition of block copolymer effects on the order parameter rather than the film thickness. If one of the compositions is shorter, it is easily to form disorder morphology with lower order parameter. On the other hand, it is easily to form lamellar morphology with higher order parameter.

  7. On validation of multibody musculoskeletal models

    Lund, Morten Enemark; de Zee, Mark; Andersen, Michael Skipper; Rasmussen, John

    2012-01-01

    This paper reviews the opportunities to validate multibody musculoskeletal models in view of the current transition of musculoskeletal modelling from a research topic to a practical simulation tool in product design, healthcare and other important applications. This transition creates a new need...... practical steps for improvement of the validation of multibody musculoskeletal models are pointed out and directions for future research in the field are proposed. It is our hope that a more structured approach to model validation can help to improve the credibility of musculoskeletal models....

  8. Accommodating Every Body

    Stein, Michael Ashley; Silvers, Anita; Areheart, Bradley A.; Francis, Leslie P.

    2014-01-01

    This Article contends that workplace accommodations should be predicated on need or effectiveness instead of group identity status. It proposes that, in principle, “accommodating every body” be achieved by extending Americans with Disabilities Act type reasonable accommodation to all work-capable members of the general population for whom accommodation is necessary to enable their ability to work. Doing so shifts the focus of accommodation disputes from the contentious identity-based contours...

  9. Eliminating Computational Instability In Multibody Simulations

    Watts, Gaines L.

    1994-01-01

    TWOBODY implements improved version of Lagrange multiplier method. Program ultilizes programming technique eliminating computational instability in multibody simulations in which Lagrange multipliers used. In technique, one uses constraint equations, instead of integration, to determine coordinates that are not independent. To illustrate technique, it includes simple mathematical model of solid rocket booster and parachute connected by frictionless swivel. Written in FORTRAN 77.

  10. Multibody quark forces in quantum chromodynamics

    A general exposition of multibody quark forces in quantum chromodynamics is given. The low-energy Hamiltonian involves two-, three-, and four-body quark potentials. We compute the short-range three- and four-body potentials to lowest-order terms in v/c and show that the former does not contribute to the mass of baryons

  11. Analysis of floating offshore wind turbine hydrodynamics using coupled CFD and multibody methods

    Beyer, Friedemann; Arnold, Matthias; Cheng, Po Wen

    2013-01-01

    The focus of this study is the application of a higher order hydrodynamic modeling technique for the analysis of Floating Offshore Wind Turbine dynamics. This approach is based on a coupling between Multibody and Computational Fluid Dynamics methods. Results of the translational and rotational platform displacement are presented for a basic free-decay simulation in surge direction in still water. A comparison to linear hydrodynamics is presented. Additional, pressure mapping is demonstrated.

  12. Surrounding rock deformation analysis of underground caverns with multi-body finite element method

    Wan-jin LIANG

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Discontinuous deformation problems are common in rock engineering. Numerical analysis methods based on system models of the discrete body can better solve these problems. One of the most effective solutions is discontinuous deformation analysis (DDA method, but the DDA method brings about rock embedding problems when it uses the strain assumption in elastic deformation and adopts virtual springs to simulate the contact problems. The multi-body finite element method (FEM proposed in this paper can solve the problems of contact and deformation of blocks very well because it integrates the FEM and multi-body system dynamics theory. It is therefore a complete method for solving discontinuous deformation problems through balance equations of the contact surface and for simulating the displacement of whole blocks. In this study, this method was successfully used for deformation analysis of underground caverns in stratified rock. The simulation results indicate that the multi-body FEM can show contact forces and the stress states on contact surfaces better than DDA, and that the results calculated with the multi-body FEM are more consistent with engineering practice than those calculated with DDA method.

  13. Active vibration control of multibody system with quick startup and brake based on active damping

    TANG Hua-ping; TANG Yun-jun; TAO Gong-an

    2006-01-01

    A kind of active vibration control method was presented based on active damping and optimization design for driving load of multibody system with quick startup and brake. Dynamical equation of multibody system with quick startup and brake and piezoelectric actuators intelligent structure was built. The optimum driving load was calculated by applying the presented method. The self-sensing and self-tuning closed-loop active vibration control in quick startup and brake process was realized. The control algorithm, using local velocity negative feedback, i.e. the output of a sensor only affects the output of the actuator collocated, can induce damping effectively to actively suppress the system vibration. Based on the optimization design for driving load of multibody system with quick startup and bake, the active damping of piezoelectric actuators intelligent structure was used to farther suppress the vibration of system. Theoretical analysis and calculation of numerical show that the proposed method makes the vibration of system decrease more than the optimal design method for driving load of multibody system.

  14. Symplectic reduction of holonomic open-chain multi-body systems with constant momentum

    Chhabra, Robin; Emami, M. Reza

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents a two-step symplectic geometric approach to the reduction of Hamilton's equation for open-chain, multi-body systems with multi-degree-of-freedom holonomic joints and constant momentum. First, symplectic reduction theorem is revisited for Hamiltonian systems on cotangent bundles. Then, we recall the notion of displacement subgroups, which is the class of multi-degree-of-freedom joints considered in this paper. We briefly study the kinematics of open-chain multi-body systems consisting of such joints. And, we show that the relative configuration manifold corresponding to the first joint is indeed a symmetry group for an open-chain multi-body system with multi-degree-of-freedom holonomic joints. Subsequently using symplectic reduction theorem at a non-zero momentum, we express Hamilton's equation of such a system in the symplectic reduced manifold, which is identified by the cotangent bundle of a quotient manifold. The kinetic energy metric of multi-body systems is further studied, and some sufficient conditions are introduced, under which the kinetic energy metric is invariant under the action of a subgroup of the configuration manifold. As a result, the symplectic reduction procedure for open-chain, multi-body systems is extended to a two-step reduction process for the dynamical equations of such systems. Finally, we explicitly derive the reduced dynamical equations in the local coordinates for an example of a six-degree-of-freedom manipulator mounted on a spacecraft, to demonstrate the results of this paper.

  15. KEY TECHNIQUES OF MULTI-BODY MODELING OF OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEM OF VEHICLE SIDE IMPACT

    ZHANG Junyuan; ZHANG Min; DING Rufang; QIU Shaobo; ZHANG Yu; LI Hongjian

    2006-01-01

    Based on multi-body dynamics, the simulation models of auto-side structures and occupant's dynamic responses are set up, using the occupant injury simulation software MADYMO3D. These models include auto-body structure, impact barrier, seat and dummy. Definitions of multi-body and joints and dynamics properties of joints based on FE combination models, of model setup are introduced. Kelvin element of MADYMO is introduced to show the force action between non-adjoining rigid bodies, too. Then all examples of the methods mentioned are given. By the comparison of simulation and real test, the contract curves between simulation and real test for main structures and biology mechanics properties of dummy are obtained. The result shows the accuracy and validity of the models.

  16. Research on Modal Parameters Identification of Parallel Manipulator with Flexible Multi-Body System

    Chunxia Zhu

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a new method based on simulation is proposed. And the analysis method based on flexible multi-body system of parallel manipulator is provided in the same time. Firstly, modal analysis principle of parallel manipulator was analyzed in theory and the parameters of dynamic characteristic were identified by theoretical analysis. Then vibration model of flexible multi-body for parallel manipulator was built in virtual prototype software and formed vibration system of rigid and flexible coupling for simulation analysis and from the simulation results got the value of parameters for vibration characteristic of parallel manipulator. And the dynamic characteristic parameters were identified according to the simulation results. The results showed that the simulation method and result dates are validated. So the integration simulation method is feasible, which can provide reference for dynamic optimal design.

  17. Engine Multi-Body with Flexible Crankshaft Modeling and Numerical Simulation

    LIU Yong-hong; WANG Hong; GU Hong-liang; ZHANG You-yun

    2005-01-01

    A multi-body model of engine system with flexible crankshaft was presented in this paper to analyze the dynamic behavior of an internal combustion engine. The flexible crankshaft structural dynamics was coupled with the main bearing hydrodynamic lubrication in this model by a system approach. An application of an I4 engine was given to show this sophisticated simulation model and to predict the loads and the orbit plots in the journal bearings by the dynamic response of the multi-body engine system with flexible crankshaft. The numerical results show the capabilities and significance of the flexible crankshaft in this system. The objective of the research is to provide the scientific guidance for design and maintenance of the internal combustion engine.

  18. Accommodation in mild traumatic brain injury

    Wesley Green, MS

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Accommodative dysfunction in individuals with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI can have a negative impact on quality of life, functional abilities, and rehabilitative progress. In this study, we used a range of dynamic and static objective laboratory and clinical measurements of accommodation to assess 12 adult patients (ages 18-40 years with mTBI. The results were compared with either 10 control subjects with no visual impairment or normative literature values where available. Regarding the dynamic parameters, responses in those with mTBI were slowed and exhibited fatigue effects. With respect to static parameters, reduced accommodative amplitude and abnormal accommodative interactions were found in those with mTBI. These results provide further evidence for the substantial impact of mTBI on accommodative function. These findings suggest that a range of accommodative tests should be included in the comprehensive vision examination of individuals with mTBI.

  19. Verification of component mode techniques for flexible multibody systems

    Wiens, Gloria J.

    1990-01-01

    Investigations were conducted in the modeling aspects of flexible multibodies undergoing large angular displacements. Models were to be generated and analyzed through application of computer simulation packages employing the 'component mode synthesis' techniques. Multibody Modeling, Verification and Control Laboratory (MMVC) plan was implemented, which includes running experimental tests on flexible multibody test articles. From these tests, data was to be collected for later correlation and verification of the theoretical results predicted by the modeling and simulation process.

  20. Transfer matrix method for multibody systems for piezoelectric stack actuators

    In order to achieve a large displacement output from a piezoelectric actuator, we realized the piezoelectric stack actuator (PSA) by mechanically layering/stacking multi-chip piezoelectric wafers in a series and electrically connecting the electrodes in parallel. In this paper, in order to accurately model the hysteresis and the dynamic characteristics of a PSA, the transfer matrix method for multibody systems (MSTMM) was adopted to describe the dynamic characteristics, and the Bouc-Wen hysteresis operator was used to represent the hysteresis. The vibration characteristics of a PSA and a piezo-actuated positioning mechanism (PPM) are derived and analyzed by the MSTMM; then, the dynamic responses of the PSA and the PPM are calculated. The experimental results show that the new method can accurately portray the hysteresis and the dynamic characteristics of a PSA and a PPM. On one hand, if we use this method to model the dynamic response of the PSA and the PPM, the PSA can be considered as a flexible body, as opposed to a mass-spring-damper system, which is in better agreement with the actual condition. On the other hand, the global dynamics equation is not needed for the study of system dynamics, and the dynamics equation has a small-sized matrix and a higher computational speed. Therefore, this method gives a broad range of possibilities for model-based controller design. (paper)

  1. Transfer matrix method for multibody systems for piezoelectric stack actuators

    Zhu, Wei; Chen, Gangli; Bian, Leixiang; Rui, Xiaoting

    2014-09-01

    In order to achieve a large displacement output from a piezoelectric actuator, we realized the piezoelectric stack actuator (PSA) by mechanically layering/stacking multi-chip piezoelectric wafers in a series and electrically connecting the electrodes in parallel. In this paper, in order to accurately model the hysteresis and the dynamic characteristics of a PSA, the transfer matrix method for multibody systems (MSTMM) was adopted to describe the dynamic characteristics, and the Bouc-Wen hysteresis operator was used to represent the hysteresis. The vibration characteristics of a PSA and a piezo-actuated positioning mechanism (PPM) are derived and analyzed by the MSTMM; then, the dynamic responses of the PSA and the PPM are calculated. The experimental results show that the new method can accurately portray the hysteresis and the dynamic characteristics of a PSA and a PPM. On one hand, if we use this method to model the dynamic response of the PSA and the PPM, the PSA can be considered as a flexible body, as opposed to a mass-spring-damper system, which is in better agreement with the actual condition. On the other hand, the global dynamics equation is not needed for the study of system dynamics, and the dynamics equation has a small-sized matrix and a higher computational speed. Therefore, this method gives a broad range of possibilities for model-based controller design.

  2. Factorization in Multibody Radiative B Decays

    We study the radiative decays B->Kπγ and B->Kπe+e-, including both K* resonant contributions and non-resonant ones. We describe new soft pion theorems with which we compute certain non-resonant multibody amplitudes. We present results for CP asymmetry in B->Kπγ and for the forward-backward asymmetry in B->Kπe+e-

  3. An Efficient Solution Method for Multibody Systems with Loops Using Multiple Processors

    Ghosh, Tushar K.; Nguyen, Luong A.; Quiocho, Leslie J.

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes a multibody dynamics algorithm formulated for parallel implementation on multiprocessor computing platforms using the divide-and-conquer approach. The system of interest is a general topology of rigid and elastic articulated bodies with or without loops. The algorithm divides the multibody system into a number of smaller sets of bodies in chain or tree structures, called "branches" at convenient joints called "connection points", and uses an Order-N (O (N)) approach to formulate the dynamics of each branch in terms of the unknown spatial connection forces. The equations of motion for the branches, leaving the connection forces as unknowns, are implemented in separate processors in parallel for computational efficiency, and the equations for all the unknown connection forces are synthesized and solved in one or several processors. The performances of two implementations of this divide-and-conquer algorithm in multiple processors are compared with an existing method implemented on a single processor.

  4. Applications of Lie Group Theory to the Modeling and Control of Multibody Systems

    This paper reviews our research activities concerning the modeling and control of rigid and elastic joint multibody mechanical systems, including some investigations into nonholonomic systems. Bearing in mind the different parameterizations of the rotation group in three-dimensional space SO(3), and the fact that the properties of the parameterization more or less influence the efficiency of the dynamics model, here the so-called vector parameter is used for parallel considerations of rigid body motion and of rigid and elastic joint multibody mechanical systems. Besides the fundamental role of this study, the vector-parameter approach is efficient in its computational aspect and quite convenient for real time simulation and control. The consideration of the mechanical system on the configuration space of pure vector parameters with a group structure opens the possibilities for the Lie group theory to be applied in problems of dynamics and control

  5. Inverse problem for multi-body interaction of nonlinear waves

    Marruzzo, Alessia; Antenucci, Fabrizio; Pagnani, Andrea; Leuzzi, Luca

    2016-01-01

    The inverse problem is studied in multi-body systems with nonlinear dynamics representing, e.g., phase-locked wave systems, standard multimode and random lasers. Using a general model for four-body interacting complex-valued variables we test two methods based on pseudolikelihood, respectively with regularization and with decimation, to determine the coupling constants from sets of measured configurations. We test statistical inference predictions for increasing number of sampled configurations and for an externally tunable {\\em temperature}-like parameter mimicing real data noise and helping minimization procedures. Analyzed models with phasors and rotors are generalizations of problems of real-valued spherical problems (e.g., density fluctuations), discrete spins (Ising and vectorial Potts) or finite number of states (standard Potts): inference methods presented here can, then, be straightforward applied to a large class of inverse problems.

  6. Physical essence of the multibody contact-sliding at atomic scale

    Han, Xuesong

    2014-01-01

    Investigation the multibody contact-sliding occurred at atomic discrete contact spot will play an important role in determine the origin of tribology behavior and evaluates the micro-mechanical property of nanomaterials and thus optimizing the design of surface texture. This paper carries out large scale parallel molecular dynamics simulation on contact-sliding at atomic scale to uncover the special physical essence. The research shows that some kind of force field exists between nanodot pair and the interaction can be expressed by the linear combination of exponential function while the effective interaction distance limited in 1 angstrom for nanodot with several tens of nanometer diameter. The variation tendency about the interaction force between nanodot array is almost the same between nanodot pairs and thus the interaction between two nanodot array can be characterized by parallel mechanical spring. Multibody effect which dominates the interaction between atoms or molecules will gradually diminish with the increasing of length scales.

  7. Three-dimensional formulation of rigid-flexible multibody systems with flexible beam elements

    Multibody systems generally contain solids with appreciable deformations and which decisively influence the dynamics of the system. These solids have to be modeled by means of special formulations for flexible solids. At the same time, other solids are of such a high stiffness that they may be considered rigid, which simplifies their modeling. For these reasons, for a rigid-flexible multibody system, two types of formulations coexist in the equations of the system. Among the different possibilities provided in the literature on the material, the formulation in natural coordinates and the formulation in absolute nodal coordinates are utilized in this paper to model the rigid and flexible solids, respectively. This paper contains a mixed formulation based on the possibility of sharing coordinates between a rigid solid and a flexible solid. The global mass matrix of the system is shown to be constant and, in addition, many of the constraint equations obtained upon utilizing these formulations are linear and can be eliminated

  8. Optimization of actuator/sensor position of multi-body system with quick startup and brake

    2007-01-01

    A new method was put forward to optimize the position of actuator/sensor of multi-body system with quick startup and brake. Dynamical equation was established for the system with intelligent structure of piezoelectric actuators. According to the property of the modes varying with time, the performance index function was developed based on the optimal configuration principle of energy maximal dissipation, and the relevant optimal model was obtained. According to its characteristic, a float-encoding genetic algorithm, which is efficient, simple and excellent for solving the global-optimal solution of this problem, was adopted. Taking the plane manipulator as an example, the result of numerical calculation shows that, after the actuator/sensor position being optimized,the vibration amplitude of the multi-body system is reduced by 35% compared with that without optimization.

  9. DAEs and PDEs in elastic multibody systems

    Simeon, B.

    1998-12-01

    Elastic multibody systems arise in the simulation of vehicles, robots, air- and spacecrafts. They feature a mixed structure with differential-algebraic equations (DAEs) governing the gross motion and partial differential equations (PDEs) describing the elastic deformation of particular bodies. We introduce a general modelling framework for this new application field and discuss numerical simulation techniques from several points of view. Due to different time scales, singular perturbation theory and model reduction play an important role. A slider crank mechanism with a 2D FE grid for the elastic connecting rod illustrates the techniques.

  10. Drop Test Simulation for An Aircraft Landing Gear Via Multi-Body Approach

    Leo Romeo Di

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available This work deals with the effectiveness of a multi-body approach for the study of the dynamic behavior of a fixed landing gear, especially the research project concerns the drop tests of the AP.68 TP-300 aircraft. First, the Digital Mock-up of the of landing gear system in a C.A.D. software has been created, then the experimental structural stiffness of the leaf spring has been validated using the FEM tools MSC. Patran/Nastran. Finally, the entire model has been imported in MSC.ADAMS environment and, according to the certifying regulations, several multi-body simulations have been performed varying the heights of fall and the weights of the system. The results have shown a good correlation between numerical and experimental tests, thus demonstrating the potential of a multi-body approach. Future development of the present activity will probably be an application of the methodology, herein validated, to other cases for a more extensive validation of its predictive power and development of virtual certification procedures.

  11. A minimum state multibody/FEM approach for modeling flexible orbiting space systems

    Pisculli, A.; Gasbarri, P.

    2015-05-01

    In the past the deployment of space structures has widely been analyzed by using multibody formulations. The two leading approaches are usually based on the Newton-Euler (NE) formulation and Euler-Lagrange (EL) formulation. Both of them present advantages and drawbacks. The ideal approach for describing multi-body systems can be represented by a combination between NE and EL formulations. This can be obtained by considering the NE formulation for assembling the equation of motion and then by defining the ODE governing equations with the use of a minimum set of variables. In this paper the authors present a mixed NE/EL formulation suitable for synthesizing optimal control strategies during the deploying maneuvers of robotic arms or solar arrays. The proposed method has two main characteristics: (i) the reference frame, which all the bodies motions are referred to, is a floating reference frame attached to the orbiting base platform body; (ii) it leads to a more organic formulation which makes a shifting from the NE to the EL formulations possible, through the use of a Jacobian matrix. In the present work this mixed formulation is derived to describe a fully elastic multi-body spacecraft. Furthermore the presented formulation, complemented with gravity, gravity gradient and generalized gravitational modal forces, will be used to study the dynamic behavior of an orbiting manipulator with flexible appendages. Finally a Reaction Null/Jacobian Transpose control strategy will be applied to control and deploy the robotic arms to grasp an orbiting flexible spacecraft.

  12. Integrated Aeromechanics with Three-Dimensional Solid-Multibody Structures

    Datta, Anubhav; Johnson, Wayne

    2014-01-01

    A full three-dimensional finite element-multibody structural dynamic solver is coupled to a three-dimensional Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes solver for the prediction of integrated aeromechanical stresses and strains on a rotor blade in forward flight. The objective is to lay the foundations of all major pieces of an integrated three-dimensional rotor dynamic analysis - from model construction to aeromechanical solution to stress/strain calculation. The primary focus is on the aeromechanical solution. Two types of three-dimensional CFD/CSD interfaces are constructed for this purpose with an emphasis on resolving errors from geometry mis-match so that initial-stage approximate structural geometries can also be effectively analyzed. A three-dimensional structural model is constructed as an approximation to a UH-60A-like fully articulated rotor. The aerodynamic model is identical to the UH-60A rotor. For preliminary validation measurements from a UH-60A high speed flight is used where CFD coupling is essential to capture the advancing side tip transonic effects. The key conclusion is that an integrated aeromechanical analysis is indeed possible with three-dimensional structural dynamics but requires a careful description of its geometry and discretization of its parts.

  13. 基于多体动力学和有限元分析的汽油机连杆疲劳强度计算%Strength and Fatigue Calculation of a Gasoline Engine Connecting Rod Based on Multi-body Dynamic and Finite-Element Analysis

    马戎; 周发

    2012-01-01

    Based on the software of AVL Excite Power Unit, Muhi-body dynamic method is used to calculate the connecting rod small end force of one cycle. Then Abaqus is used to finite element analysis of connecting rod, where three-dimensional stress distribution can be got. Finally import the results of multi-body dynamic calculation and finite-element analysis to MSC.Fatigue software to calculate the fatigue safety factor of connecting-rod. These all may establish a basis to optimize the design of engine connecting-rod.%基于AVL公司的Excite Power Unit软件进行连杆的多体动力学计算,得到连杆小头在发动机一个循环下的一维受力曲线,然后采用Abaqus软件进行连杆的有限元分析,得到连杆的三维应力分布,最后利用MSC.Fatigue软件导入多体动力学计算结果和有限元应力分布结果进行疲劳安全系数计算,得到疲劳安全系数的分布,从而为发动机连杆的优化设计建立基础。

  14. Reasonable Accommodation Information Tracking System

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Reasonable Accommodation Information Tracking System (RAITS) is a case management system that allows the National Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator (NRAC)...

  15. Criteria of benchmark selection for efficient flexible multibody system formalisms

    Valášek M.

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with the selection process of benchmarks for testing and comparing efficient flexible multibody formalisms. The existing benchmarks are briefly summarized. The purposes for benchmark selection are investigated. The result of this analysis is the formulation of the criteria of benchmark selection for flexible multibody formalisms. Based on them the initial set of suitable benchmarks is described. Besides that the evaluation measures are revised and extended.

  16. ROBOTRAN: a powerful symbolic gnerator of multibody models

    N. Docquier

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The computational efficiency of symbolic generation was at the root of the emergence of symbolic multibody programs in the eighties. At present, it remains an attractive feature of it since the exponential increase in modern computer performances naturally provides the opportunity to investigate larger systems and more sophisticated models for which real-time computation is a real asset. Nowadays, in the context of mechatronic multibody systems, another interesting feature of the symbolic approach appears when dealing with enlarged multibody models, i.e. including electrical actuators, hydraulic devices, pneumatic suspensions, etc. and requiring specific analyses like control and optimization. Indeed, since symbolic multibody programs clearly distinguish the modeling phase from the analysis process, extracting the symbolic model, as well as some precious ingredients like analytical sensitivities, in order to export it towards any suitable environment (for control or optimization purposes is quite straightforward. Symbolic multibody model portability is thus very attractive for the analysis of mechatronic applications. In this context, the main features and recent developments of the ROBOTRAN software developed at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium are reviewed in this paper and illustrated via three multibody applications which highlight its capabilities for dealing with very large systems and coping with multiphysics issues.

  17. Analysis and design of planar multibody systems with revolute joint wear

    Mukras, Saad M.

    Wear prediction on the components of a mechanical system without considering the system as a whole will, in most cases, lead to inaccurate predictions. This is because the wear is directly affected by the system dynamics which evolves simultaneously with the wear. In addition, the contact condition (regions of contact for the wearing bodies) also depends on the system dynamics and, in most cases, can only be determined in a multibody dynamics framework. In this work, a procedure to analyze planar multibody systems in which wear is present at one or more revolute joints is presented. The analysis involves modeling multibody systems with revolute joints that consist of clearance. Wear can then be incorporated into the system dynamic analysis by allowing the size and shape of the clearance to evolve as dictated by wear. An iterative wear prediction procedure based on the Archard's wear model is used to compute the wear as a function of the evolving dynamics and tribological data. In this framework, two procedures for the analysis of planar multibody systems with joint wear are developed. In the first procedure contact force at the concerned joint is determined using a contact force law and the wear prediction is based on the finite element method. In the second procedure, contact force determination and the wear prediction are based on the elastic foundation model. The two procedures are validated by comparing the wear predictions with wear on an experimental slider-crank mechanism. The experimental slider-crank is also used as a reference to assess the performance of the two models. It turns out that the procedure based on the finite element method provides reasonably accurate predictions for both wear profile and wear volume/mass whereas the procedure based on the elastic foundation model provides reasonably accurate estimates on the wear volume/mass, is computationally faster but provides progressively poor estimates on the wear profile. Finally an example is

  18. Accommodating Picky Palates

    Lum, Lydia

    2007-01-01

    Healthy gourmet offerings are fast becoming the norm at college dining halls around the country. At a time when the children of Baby Boomers are hitting higher education in record numbers, college officials have scrambled to accommodate their picky palates and their insistence for healthier meals than were served to past generations. At the same…

  19. Heat flux expressions that satisfy the conservation laws in atomistic system involving multibody potentials

    Fu, Yao; Song, Jeong-Hoon

    2015-08-01

    Heat flux expressions are derived for multibody potential systems by extending the original Hardy's methodology and modifying Admal & Tadmor's formulas. The continuum thermomechanical quantities obtained from these two approaches are easy to compute from molecular dynamics (MD) results, and have been tested for a constant heat flux model in two distinctive systems: crystalline iron and polyethylene (PE) polymer. The convergence criteria and affecting parameters, i.e. spatial and temporal window size, and specific forms of localization function are found to be different between the two systems. The conservation of mass, momentum, and energy are discussed and validated within this atomistic-continuum bridging.

  20. Generalized multibody computer simulations of plasma-wall desorption and energy-transfer processes

    We present calculations that describe the kinematic factors influencing the recombinant desorption of hydrogen from metal surfaces and a preliminary study of the sputtering and possible recombination of subsurface hydrogen following surface impact of a flux of ions. A new multi-body computer molecular dynamics method used in these studies is discussed. In the first instance we are able to describe both a scattering channel in which backscattering is the dominant result and also a reactive channel leading to molecular formation with the molecules leaving importance of these processes to negative ion formation is discussed

  1. Heat flux expressions that satisfy the conservation laws in atomistic system involving multibody potentials

    Fu, Yao, E-mail: Yao.Fu@colorado.edu; Song, Jeong-Hoon, E-mail: JH.Song@colorado.edu

    2015-08-01

    Heat flux expressions are derived for multibody potential systems by extending the original Hardy's methodology and modifying Admal & Tadmor's formulas. The continuum thermomechanical quantities obtained from these two approaches are easy to compute from molecular dynamics (MD) results, and have been tested for a constant heat flux model in two distinctive systems: crystalline iron and polyethylene (PE) polymer. The convergence criteria and affecting parameters, i.e. spatial and temporal window size, and specific forms of localization function are found to be different between the two systems. The conservation of mass, momentum, and energy are discussed and validated within this atomistic–continuum bridging.

  2. Drop Test Simulation for An Aircraft Landing Gear Via Multi-Body Approach

    Leo Romeo Di; Fenza Angelo De; Barile Marco; Lecce Leonardo

    2014-01-01

    This work deals with the effectiveness of a multi-body approach for the study of the dynamic behavior of a fixed landing gear, especially the research project concerns the drop tests of the AP.68 TP-300 aircraft. First, the Digital Mock-up of the of landing gear system in a C.A.D. software has been created, then the experimental structural stiffness of the leaf spring has been validated using the FEM tools MSC. Patran/Nastran. Finally, the entire model has been imported in MSC.ADAMS environme...

  3. Heat flux expressions that satisfy the conservation laws in atomistic system involving multibody potentials

    Heat flux expressions are derived for multibody potential systems by extending the original Hardy's methodology and modifying Admal & Tadmor's formulas. The continuum thermomechanical quantities obtained from these two approaches are easy to compute from molecular dynamics (MD) results, and have been tested for a constant heat flux model in two distinctive systems: crystalline iron and polyethylene (PE) polymer. The convergence criteria and affecting parameters, i.e. spatial and temporal window size, and specific forms of localization function are found to be different between the two systems. The conservation of mass, momentum, and energy are discussed and validated within this atomistic–continuum bridging

  4. Fixation by active accommodation

    Pahlavan, Kourosh; Uhlin, Tomas; Eklundh, Jan-Olof

    1992-11-01

    The field of computer vision has long been interested in disparity as the cue for the correspondence between stereo images. The other cue to correspondence, blur, and the fact that vergence is a combination of the two processes, accommodative vergence and disparity vergence, have not been equally appreciated. Following the methodology of active vision that allows the observer to control all his visual parameters, it is quite natural to take advantage of the powerful combination of these two processes. In this article, we try to elucidate such an integration and briefly analyze the cooperation and competition between accommodative vergence and disparity vergence on one hand and disparity and blur stimuli on the other hand. The human fixation mechanism is used as a guide-line and some virtues of this mechanism are used to implement a model for vergence in isolation. Finally, some experimental results are reported.

  5. Accommodating Different Learning Styles

    Ovesen, Nis

    2014-01-01

    facilitating learning across this diverse group of students. The paper is based on a survey with 99 former participants of the course as respondents. The results of the survey imply that certain types of students benefit from the combination of mathematical theory and practical exercises related to basic...... shapes and form, whereas other types of students do not. The results thereby underpin that learning is typically based on individual preferences and that cross-disciplinary educational programmes have to accommodate this....

  6. Bridging as Coercive Accommodation

    Bos, J W; Mineur, A M; Bos, Johan; Buitelaar, Paul; Mineur, Anne-Marie

    1995-01-01

    In this paper we discuss the notion of "bridging" in Discourse Representation Theory as a tool to account for discourse referents that have only been established implicitly, through the lexical semantics of other referents. In doing so, we use ideas from Generative Lexicon theory, to introduce antecedents for anaphoric expressions that cannot be "linked" to a proper antecedent, but that do not need to be "accommodated" because they have some connection to the network of discourse referents that is already established.

  7. Multibody charmless b-hadron decays

    Dujany, Giulio

    2016-01-01

    Multibody charmless b-hadron decays are a unique laboratory to probe CP violation, to look for effects of new physics and to provide insights into the hadronisation mechanism. The decay modes $\\Lambda_b^0 \\to \\Lambda K^+ K^-$, $\\Lambda_b^0 \\to \\Lambda K^+ \\pi^-$, $\\Lambda_b^0 \\to \\Lambda \\phi$ and $B_s^0 \\to K_{\\rm S}^0 K^*$ are observed for the first time by LHCb and their branching fractions are measured. Evidence is seen for the $\\Lambda_b^0 \\to \\Lambda \\pi^+ \\pi^-$ decay and limits are set for the decays $\\Xi_b^0\\to \\Lambda h^+ h^{(\\prime)-}$ and $B^0 \\to K_{\\rm S}^0 K^*$ . The phase-space integrated CP asymmetry parameters are measured for $\\Lambda_b^0 \\to \\Lambda K^+ K^-$ and $\\Lambda_b^0 \\to \\Lambda K^+ \\pi^-$ while several triple-product asymmetries are measured for $\\Lambda_b^0 \\to \\Lambda \\phi$. All these asymmetries are found to be compatible with zero.

  8. Development of Three-dimensional Grid-free Solver and its Applications to Multi-body Aerospace Vehicles

    K. Anandhanarayanan

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Grid-free solver has the ability to solve complex multi-body industrial problems with minimal effort. Grid-free Euler solver has been applied to number of multi-body aerospace vehicles using Chimera clouds of points including flight vehicle with fin deflection, nose fairing separation of hypersonic launch vehicle. A preprocessor has been developed to generate connectivity for multi-bodies using overlapped grids. Surface transpiration boundary condition has been implemented to model aerodynamic damping and to impose the relative velocity of moving components. Dynamic derivatives are estimated with reasonable accuracy and less effort using the grid-free Euler solver with the transpiration boundary condition. Further, the grid-free Euler solver has been integrated with six-degrees of freedom (6-DOF equations of motion to form store separation dynamics suite which has been applied to obtain the trajectory of a rail launch air-to-air-missile from a complex fighter aircraft.Defence Science Journal, 2010, 60(6, pp.653-662, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.60.583

  9. Accommodation facilities positioning

    Dan PAUNA; Cornelia TUREAC

    2014-01-01

    This paper is based on the positioning concept as it was established in 1972 by Al Ries and Jack Trout as being a tangible good, a service, a company, an organism or even a person. Positioning does not mean what one does with the product but especially what the product represents according to the conception of the one prospecting the market.In this case the product accommodation, which is in fact a sum of complex services at the customers disposal, makes it impossible to compare on a certain ...

  10. Nonverbal Accommodation in Healthcare Communication

    D’Agostino, Thomas A.; Bylund, Carma L.

    2013-01-01

    This exploratory study examined patterns of nonverbal accommodation within healthcare interactions and investigated the impact of communication skills training and gender concordance on nonverbal accommodation behavior. The Nonverbal Accommodation Analysis System (NAAS) was used to code the nonverbal behavior of physicians and patients within 45 oncology consultations. Cases were then placed in one of seven categories based on patterns of accommodation observed across the interaction. Results...