Abstract

A new computer aided analysis method for frictionless interference impact problems between two bodies in a constrained multibody system is presented in the paper, which can be used to perform interference analysis and motion design of multibody systems. A virtual contact joint concept is used to detect interference between two bodies and calculate the jump in the body momenta, velocity discontinuities, rebounds and system motion after the interference impact analysis. The interference surfaces can be any geometric element, such as point, line segment, are and circle described by the joint coordinates of the virtual contact joint. The method are very useful to predict and determine the interference time, the types and positions of two impact surfaces. System motion after the interference can be controlled by changing some dynamic parameters in the multibody system.

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