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Modeling Flexible Bodies in SimMechanics

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Modeling Flexible Bodies in SimMechanics


Dallas Kennedy (view profile)


08 May 2006 (Updated )

Technical paper and examples on modeling flexibility in SimMechanics.

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This archive contains a technical paper on modeling flexible bodies using SimMechanics and Simulink. The archive also includes the examples discussed in the technical paper.
An overview of the techniques described here is presented in the following MATLAB Digest article:

Required Products Simscape Multibody
MATLAB release MATLAB 7.2 (R2006a)
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23 Mar 2016 SMITH

SMITH (view profile)

I want to compute the rotating flexible beam and I don't know how to apply your code

24 Feb 2012 Jos Boeije

Question: I have a working implementation of flexbodies in Simmechanics. For this I used a classic, free-free state-space model, exported from Ansys. To get the results to closely match FEM output however, I require about 200 modes, which takes a long time to run. In trying to improve this, I have been looking at different techniques to create state-space systems, e.g. the free Craig-Bampton reduction approach. Does anyone have experience with this, or other advice relevant to improve calculation times and/or accuracy?

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22 Aug 2011 Etienne

Hi there. I am trying to construct a composite beam by copying the given beam model, and then connecting the midpoint. I cannot figure out how to do this. Do you maybe have examples of where you have connected several flexible bodies?

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26 Apr 2010 Javier

Javier (view profile)

When I try to model a beam along certain directions some plot errors occur. For example when I try to plot a beam which "Direction of the beam element" is [1 1 0], Matlab answers: MATLAB error message: Error using ==> axis>LocSetLimits at 234
Vector must have 4, 6, or 8 elements.

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02 Sep 2008 Ahmed Sohail

05 Jul 2008 surykant jamadade

i am give the refrance only for my tutorial

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05 Jul 2008 surykant jamadade

05 Nov 2007 Samare Mostafavi

09 Jul 2007 Paolo Tregambe

there is a problem with:
"??? Error using ==> cd
Cannot CD to /home/vchudnov/Playground/SimMechanics/FlexibleBodies/Paper/MLNN2006Q1/CaseStudy/paper/data (Name is nonexistent or not a directory)."

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23 Nov 2006 VIVEK RATHI

31 May 2006 Raffaele Iervolino

There are many problems with this archive file and the files it contains.
Above all, the only .mat file provided, i.e. ss_cantilever_pva.mat, is corrupted, making the testing and understanding of the example described impossible.

30 May 2006 Marco Palladino

Is it possible to have the data files provided by cosmos and used as input in cosmos2m?

24 May 2006 Aitor Olarra

The archive seems to be an invalid ZIP file.

22 May 2006 Thomas Miu

When try to unzip, got two bad CRC "8f061a29 (should be 3edde5fb)" and "487d514a (should be df7ebeed)".

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18 May 2006 Shun'ichi Shido

10 May 2006

Editorial corrections to the technical paper.

11 May 2006

Edit keywords.

11 May 2006

Fixed URL

11 May 2006

Include needed library file

23 May 2006

Resubmited archive to fix CRC errors in .zip file.

24 May 2006

Fix recent .zip file error. Sorry for the recurring archive problems! Please post or email any problems, and check back frequently for updates. Thanks!

26 May 2006

Added to the description a link to the MATLAB Digest overview article.

31 Aug 2006

Corrected typo in the Omega matrix. Added a section on the limitations of and corrections to the lumped-parameter method.

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