Accession Number : ADA187467

Title :   The Dynamics of Coupled Planar Rigid Bodies. Part 1. Reduction, Equilibria and Stability,

Corporate Author : MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Sreenath, N ; Oh, Y G ; Krishnaprasad, P S ; Marsden, J E

PDF Url : ADA187467

Report Date : 30 Jul 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : This paper studies the dynamics of coupled planar rigid bodies, concentrating on the case of two or three bodies coupled with a hinge joint. The Hamiltonian structure is non-canonical and is obtained using the methods of reduction, starting from canonical brackets on the cotangent bundle of the configuration space in material representation. The dynamics on the reduced space for two bodies occurs on cylinders in IR(3); stability of the equilibria is studied using the Energy-Casimir method and is confirmed numerically. The phase space of the two bodies contains a homoclinic orbit which produces chaotic solutions when the system is perturbed by a third body. This and a study of periodic orbits are discussed in part II. The number and stability of equilibria and their bifurcations for three bodies as system parameters are varied are studied here; in particular, it is found that there are always 4 or 6 equilibria.

Descriptors :   *HINGES, *EQUATIONS OF MOTION, COUPLING(INTERACTION), DYNAMICS, HAMILTONIAN FUNCTIONS, MATERIALS, MOUNTING BRACKETS, ORBITS, PARAMETERS, PLANAR STRUCTURES, RIGIDITY, POISSON EQUATION

Subject Categories : Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE