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Rotational Inerter

Two-port inertia in mechanical rotational systems

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Mechanical Rotational Elements

Description

The Rotational Inerter block represents a device that has torque proportional to the rate of change of the relative angular velocity across the ports. It is essentially a two-port inertia that works on the velocity difference between the ports, not the absolute velocity.

Use this block in high performance suspension systems, to decouple weave and roll modes, or in applications where you need to model a passively tuned mass-spring-damper response.

The block is described with the following equations:

T=Bdωdt

ω=ωRωC

where

TTorque transmitted through the inerter
BRotational inertance
ωRelative angular velocity
ωR, ωCAbsolute angular velocities at ports R and C, respectively

The block positive direction is from port R to port C. This means that the torque is positive if it acts in the direction from R to C.

Variables

Use the Variables tab in the block dialog box (or the Variables section in the block Property Inspector) to set the priority and initial target values for the block variables prior to simulation. For more information, see Set Priority and Initial Target for Block Variables.

Parameters

Rotational inertance

Proportionality coefficient between the torque and the rate of change of the relative angular velocity across the ports. The default value is 1 kg*m/^2.

Ports

The block has the following ports:

R

Mechanical rotational conserving port associated with the rod.

C

Mechanical rotational conserving port associated with the case.

See Also

Introduced in R2015b

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