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Mechanical System Dynamics

  • Friedrich Pfeiffer

Part of the Lecture Notes in Applied and Computational Mechanics book series (LNACM, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 547-575

About this book


This textbook gives a clear and thorough presentation of the fundamental principles of mechanical systems and their dynamics. It provides both the theory and applications of mechanical systems in an intermediate theoretical level, ranging from the basic concepts of mechanics, constraint and multibody systems over dynamics of hydraulic systems and power transmission systems to machine dynamics and robotics. The book aims at practicing engineers, researchers and graduate students in mechanical engineering and mechanics. The concept of the book is mainly determined by the experiences of the author. Sixteen years aerospace industry with its forerunner role in all technologies, but also in many fundamentals, twenty years academia in the area of mechanics, especially in the areas of dynamics and control, fundamental research on bilaterally and unilaterally constrained systems, on robotics and walking machines and many applications with regard to practical industrial problems. Both theory and practice were topics of more than eighty dissertations being carried through during his activities as Professor and head of an Institute at the Technical University of Munich.


Constraint Systems Fundamentals of Dynamics Multibody Dynamics Non-Smooth Dynamics Nonsmooth Hydraulics Power Transmission Timing Equipment mechanical engineering mechanics robot robotics

Editors and affiliations

  • Friedrich Pfeiffer
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  1. 1.TU MünchenInst Mechatronik LS Angewandte Mechanik (AM)85747 GarchingGermany

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From the reviews:

“This book, an original monograph on the dynamics of systems of coupled rigid bodies, presents, for the first time in mechanics, a comprehensive treatment of the principles of systems dynamics. It considers mechanical systems that play a major role in the construction of engineering objects. … In the conclusion of the book, the author considers the application of the modeling of systems of rigid bodies in various scientific fields. … This book should be of great interest to physicists and engineers.” (Gennady Victorovich Gorr, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 b)