Work and Potential Energy

  • Dietmar Gross
  • Werner Hauger
  • Jörg Schröder
  • Wolfgang A. Wall
  • Nimal Rajapakse

Abstract

Objectives: Students will become familiar with the concepts of work, conservative forces and potential energy. In addition, they will become acquainted with the principle of virtual work. After studying this chapter, students should be able to correctly apply this principle in order to determine equilibrium states in nonrigid systems as well as support reactions and internal forces and moments. Finally, it will be shown how to investigate the stability of equilibrium states of conservative systems with one degree of freedom.

Keywords

Reaction Force Equilibrium Position Virtual Work Spring Force Virtual Displacement 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dietmar Gross
    • 1
  • Werner Hauger
    • 2
  • Jörg Schröder
    • 3
  • Wolfgang A. Wall
    • 4
  • Nimal Rajapakse
    • 5
  1. 1.Solid MechanicsTU DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Continuum MechanicsTU DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  3. 3.Institute of MechanicsUniversität Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  4. 4.Computational MechanicsTU MünchenGarchingGermany
  5. 5.Faculty of Applied SciencesSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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