Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-01-1101
2008-04-14

An Applied Approach for Large-Scale Multibody Dynamics Simulation and Machine-Terrain Interaction 2008-01-1101

Virtual Product Development (VPD) is a key enabler in CAE and depends upon accurate implementation of multibody dynamics. This paper discusses the formulation and implementation of a large-scale multibody dynamics simulation code. In the presented formulation, the joint variables are used as the generalized coordinates and spatial algebra is used to formulate the system equations of motion. Although the presented formulation utilizes the joint variables as the generalized coordinates, closed-loop mechanisms can be easily modeled using impeded constraints. Baumgart stabilization approach is used to eliminate the constraint violations without using the expensive Newton-Raphson iterations. Integrated rigid and flexible body dynamic simulation allows accurate prediction of structural loads, stress, and strains. Both modal and nodal flexible body approaches are discussed in the paper. In the presented formulation, the vehicle-terrain interaction can be easily modeled and integrated in the multibody code.

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