Accession Number : ADP003666

Title :   The Numerical Solution of Discontinuous Structural Systems,

Corporate Author : DUNDEE UNIV (SCOTLAND) DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Borthwick,W. K. D.

Report Date : 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : This paper presents a numerical method, based on the classical fourth order Runge-Kutta process which is suitable for the solution of systems of ordinary differential equations with discontinuous right hand sides. These could, for example, include structural systems with discontinuous stiffness, mass or damping or indeed any system whose discontinuous characteristics may be expressed in terms of discontinuity functions.

Descriptors :   *Structural mechanics, Structural response, Numerical methods and procedures, Stiffness, Runge Kutta method, Equations of motion, Degrees of freedom, Algorithms

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE