Nonlinear Dynamics

, Volume 79, Issue 4, pp 2287–2294 | Cite as

On the loss of contact of the Euler disk

  • Alexey V. Borisov
  • Ivan S. Mamaev
  • Yury L. Karavaev
Original Paper


This paper is an experimental investigation of a round uniform disk rolling on a horizontal surface. Two methods for experimentally determining the loss of contact of the rolling disk from the horizontal surface before its stop are proposed. Results of experiments for disks having different masses and manufactured from different materials are presented. Causes of “microlosses of contact” detected in the processes of motion are discussed.


Euler’s disk Loss of contact Experiment 



The authors thank A. Ruina, A.P. Ivanov, and D.V.Treshev for useful discussions, and S.R. Gallyamov and S.A. Trefilov for technical consultation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexey V. Borisov
    • 1
  • Ivan S. Mamaev
    • 1
  • Yury L. Karavaev
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Nonlinear Analysis and the Design of New Types of Vehicles, Institute of Computer ScienceUdmurt State UniversityIzhevskRussia
  2. 2.Deparment of Mechatronic SystemsKalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical UniversityIzhevskRussia

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