Dynamics of Rigid Bodies



A rigid body may be considered to be a system of an infinite number of particles whose relative distances remain unchanged when the body is loaded. As was explained in Section 2.1, it has six degrees of freedom in space: three translations (in the x-, y-, and z-directions) and three rotations (about the x-, y-, and z-axes). In the following chapter we will derive the equations which describe the motion of rigid bodies and we will explain how these equations are applied to specific problems. Of particular interest will be plane motion and the rotation about a fixed axis.


Angular Momentum Angular Velocity Rigid Body Plane Motion Constant Angular Velocity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Solid MechanicsTU DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Institute of MechanicsUniversität Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  3. 3.Computational MechanicsTU MünchenGarchingGermany
  4. 4.Structural Engineering Mechanics and MaterialsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley CaliforniaUSA

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