Multibody System Dynamics

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 165–190

Modeling and analysis of planar rigid multibody systems with translational clearance joints based on the non-smooth dynamics approach


DOI: 10.1007/s11044-009-9178-y

Cite this article as:
Flores, P., Leine, R. & Glocker, C. Multibody Syst Dyn (2010) 23: 165. doi:10.1007/s11044-009-9178-y


The main purpose of this paper is to present and discuss a methodology for a dynamic modeling and analysis of rigid multibody systems with translational clearance joints. The methodology is based on the non-smooth dynamics approach, in which the interaction of the elements that constitute a translational clearance joint is modeled with multiple frictional unilateral constraints. In the following, the most fundamental issues of the non-smooth dynamics theory are revised. The dynamics of rigid multibody systems are stated as an equality of measures, which are formulated at the velocity-impulse level. The equations of motion are complemented with constitutive laws for the normal and tangential directions. In this work, the unilateral constraints are described by a set-valued force law of the type of Signorini’s condition, while the frictional contacts are characterized by a set-valued force law of the type of Coulomb’s law for dry friction. The resulting contact-impact problem is formulated and solved as a linear complementarity problem, which is embedded in the Moreau time-stepping method. Finally, the classical slider-crank mechanism is considered as a demonstrative application example and numerical results are presented. The results obtained show that the existence of clearance joints in the modeling of multibody systems influences their dynamics response.

Non-smooth dynamicsClearance jointsContact-impact mechanicsLinear complementarity problemMoreau time-stepping methodRigid multibody systems

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, Center of MechanicsIMES – Institute of Mechanical SystemsZurichSwitzerland