From particle-mass to multibody systems: Graph-theoretic modeling

George Baciu, H. K. Kesavan

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The distinction between geometry and dynamic interactions is fundamental for the consistent dynamic analysis of physical systems. A unified treatment of such systems is possible when we adopt a hierarchical mathematical model with a consistent set of embedded abstractions. This new view is adopted in the general formulation strategy for obtaining a simplified dynamics model of mechanical systems. We show that there exists a consistent general extension from the model of constrained particle-mass systems (PMS) to the model of multibody systems (MBS) based entirely on graph-theoretic concepts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-250
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Part A:Systems and Humans.
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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