A Concise Introduction to Mechanics of Rigid Bodies

Multidisciplinary Engineering

  • L. Huang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. L. Huang
    Pages 19-59
  3. L. Huang
    Pages 61-129
  4. L. Huang
    Pages 131-150
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 151-155

About this book


A Concise Introduction to Mechanics of Rigid Bodies: Multidisciplinary Engineering presents concise, key concepts of kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies. This compact volume bridges the steep gap between  introductory texts on engineering mechanics, which focus on one and two dimensional motions of particles and rigid bodies, and advanced texts on multi-body dynamics in high dimension spaces  found in multidisciplinary areas like mechatronics, robotics and biomechanics. In the book, rigid body motions in the spaces with different dimensions are described in addition to studies in a uniform framework supported by vector and matrix operations. Rigorous mathematic tools and explanations are provided to clarify the most complex concepts. This book also:

  • Provides practical examples from different engineering areas, offering a link between theoretical fundamentals and everyday applications
  • Offers simplified mathematical equations to clearly present essential theories in robotics and mechanics
  • Presents statics and dynamics together in one comprehensive volume, giving readers a more balanced understanding of their relationship

A Concise Introduction to Mechanics of Rigid Bodies: Multidisciplinary Engineering is an idea lbook for undergraduate and graduate students in multidisciplinary engineering who want to master fundamentals of mechanics of rigid body in a limited time. It is also suitable for students in mechanical engineering as well as engineers and researchers who are interested in rigid body dynamics.


Dynamics Lagrangian formulation Mechatronics Newton-Euler laws Rigid Bodies Rigid Body Dynamics Rigid Body Kinematics Robotics d’Alembert’s Principal

Authors and affiliations

  • L. Huang
    • 1
  1. 1., School of EngineeringAuckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-0471-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-0472-9
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