Vector Bond Graph Analysis of Mechanical Systems

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E. P. Fahrenthold, J. D. Wargo

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 113(3), 344-353 (Sep 01, 1991) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2896417 History: Received October 01, 1988; Revised October 01, 1990; Online March 17, 2008


The utility of existing bond graph methods in the analysis of complex mechanical systems has been limited significantly by the absence of a tensor based vector modeling methodology. Topological simplifications are needed in order to recapture the efficiency of graphical model formulation work for complex mechanisms. The needed simplifications can be achieved by the introduction of new bond graph structures which express in coordinate free form the momentum and energy balance relations and kinematic constraints commonly encountered in mechanical system dynamics.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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