Contact Force Models for Multibody Dynamics

  • Paulo Flores
  • Hamid M. Lankarani

Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 226)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Paulo Flores, Hamid M. Lankarani
    Pages 1-13
  3. Paulo Flores, Hamid M. Lankarani
    Pages 15-25
  4. Paulo Flores, Hamid M. Lankarani
    Pages 27-52
  5. Paulo Flores, Hamid M. Lankarani
    Pages 53-91
  6. Paulo Flores, Hamid M. Lankarani
    Pages 93-134
  7. Paulo Flores, Hamid M. Lankarani
    Pages 135-168
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 169-171

About this book


This book analyzes several compliant contact force models within the context of multibody dynamics, while also revisiting the main issues associated with fundamental contact mechanics. In particular, it presents various contact force models, from linear to nonlinear, from purely elastic to dissipative, and describes their parameters. Addressing the different numerical methods and algorithms for contact problems in multibody systems, the book describes the gross motion of multibody systems by using a two-dimensional formulation based on the absolute coordinates and employs different contact models to represent contact-impact events. Results for selected planar multibody mechanical systems are presented and utilized to discuss the main assumptions and procedures adopted throughout this work. The material provided here indicates that the prediction of the dynamic behavior of mechanical systems involving contact-impact strongly depends on the choice of contact force model. In short, the book provides a comprehensive resource for the multibody dynamics community and beyond on modeling contact forces and the dynamics of mechanical systems undergoing contact-impact events.


Formulation of Multibody dynamics Modeling contact-impact events Numerical methods Application examples Planar multibody systems Contact problems Biomechanical systems Contact kinematics

Authors and affiliations

  • Paulo Flores
    • 1
  • Hamid M. Lankarani
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of MinhoGuimaraesPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringWichita State UniversityWichitaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-30896-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-30897-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-0042
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-7764
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