Multibody System Dynamics

, Volume 14, Issue 3–4, pp 205–224 | Cite as

Friction Models and Stress Recovery Methods in Vehicle Dynamics Modelling



This paper presents two examples of calculations for vehicles with flexible bodies by using mixed multibody and finite element methods. The first example deals with dynamics computations for a bimodal train with a flexible cistern, whereas the second example concerns the dynamics calculations for the PW-6 glider. In the first example, the influence of the chosen friction model on the train dynamics calculations results was discussed. The second example presents several methods of stress calculations and a comparison of results. The achieved conclusions may be used as suggestions towards a modelling method choice for a given problem.Both issues being discussed are of great importance in dynamics of flexible multibody systems modelling practice and durability assessment.

In both examples, the kinematics of the system was presented in absolute coordinates, the motion equations in the DAE form, and the reduction of the number of degrees of freedom was achieved by means of the Craig–Bampton (CB) method.


dynamics vehicle multibody flexibility friction stress 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Aeronautics and Applied MechanicsWarsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland

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