An Event-Driven Algorithm in Dynamics of Multi-contact Systems

  • Cédric Le Saux
  • Franck Cevaer
  • René Motro
Part of the Lecture Notes in Applied and Computational Mechanics book series (LNACM, volume 61)


This study is in keeping with the general pattern of dynamical simulation of a set of rigid three dimensional bodies submitted to unilateral contact constraints with dry friction. An event-driven algorithm, developed so as to be applied to the folding/unfolding of tensegrity systems, is presented in this paper. Computational results related to the folding process of a tensegrity structure are exposed and commented; these results point out the ability of the numerical model to handle dynamics of multi-contact systems.


Folding Process Contact Constraint Tensegrity Structure Frictional Contact Problem Generalise Newton Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cédric Le Saux
    • 1
  • Franck Cevaer
    • 1
  • René Motro
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Mécanique et Génie Civil, CC 048Université Montpellier 2Montpellier Cedex 5France

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