Planar Dynamics of Rigid Bodies

  • Lester W. Schmerr
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 254)


This chapter examines the dynamics of rigid bodies in planar motion and the forces/moments that act upon them. It will be shown how the equations of motion can be generated using a classical Newton-Euler approach as well as with Lagrange’s equations. The augmented approach considered for single particles and systems of particles is also discussed. The matrix-vector kinematics developed in Chap. 4 is used throughout this chapter and the emphasis is on obtaining complete numerical solutions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lester W. Schmerr
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  1. 1.Aerospace EngineeringIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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