Simulation of planar flexible multibody systems with clearance and lubricated revolute joints

Qiang Tian, Yunqing Zhang, Liping Chen, J. Yang

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Abstract

Modeling of clearance joints plays an important role in the analysis and design of multibody mechanical systems. Based on the absolute nodal coordinate formulation (ANCF), a new computational methodology for modeling and analysis of planar flexible multibody systems with clearance and lubricated revolute joints is presented. A planar absolute nodal coordinate formulation based on the locking-free shear deformable beam element is implemented to discretize the flexible bodies. A continuous contact-impact model is used to evaluate the contact force, in which energy dissipation in the form of hysteresis damping is considered. A force transition model from hydrodynamic lubrication forces to dry contact forces is introduced to ensure continuity in the joint reaction force. A comprehensive study with different lubrication force models has also been carried out. The generalized-α method is used to solve the equations of motion and several efficient methods are incorporated in the proposed model. Finally, the methodology is validated by two numerical examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-511
Number of pages23
JournalNonlinear Dynamics
Volume60
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Absolute nodal coordinate formulation (ANCF)
  • Clearance joint
  • Generalized-α method
  • Locking-free element
  • Lubrication

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