Introduction to System Dynamics

  • Karl A. SeelerEmail author


System Dynamics is the study of the change of the power variables within an energetic system. As a system interacts with a power source, energy flows across the system boundary, between storage modes within the system, and is dissipated as heat by friction, electrical resistance, or magnetic hysteresis. Modeling energetic systems as circuit-like networks simplifies the accounting of power flows in the system. Creation of a mathematical model of an energetic system represented as a network is straightforward elimination by substitution, guided by a drawing of the network, once a complete set of mathematical statements of the physical truths of network-like system has been written.


Power Variable Sign Convention Plumbing System Lump Parameter Model Compatibility Equation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentLafayette CollegeEastonUSA

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