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Computational Dynamics, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-05326-2
520 pages
June 2001
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A practical approach to the computational methods used to solve real-world dynamics problems

Computational dynamics has grown rapidly in recent years with the advent of high-speed digital computers and the need to develop simulation and analysis computational capabilities for mechanical and aerospace systems that consist of interconnected bodies.

Computational Dynamics, Second Edition offers a full introduction to the concepts, definitions, and techniques used in multibody dynamics and presents essential topics concerning kinematics and dynamics of motion in two and three dimensions.

Skillfully organized into eight chapters that mirror the standard learning sequence of computational dynamics courses, this Second Edition begins with a discussion of classical techniques that review some of the fundamental concepts and formulations in the general field of dynamics. Next, it builds on these concepts in order to demonstrate the use of the methods as the foundation for the study of computational dynamics. Finally, the book presents different computational methodologies used in the computer-aided analysis of mechanical and aerospace systems.

Each chapter features simple examples that show the main ideas and procedures, as well as straightforward problem sets that facilitate learning and help readers build problem-solving skills.

Clearly written and ready to apply, Computational Dynamics, Second Edition is a valuable reference for both aspiring and practicing mechanical and aerospace engineers.

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Table of Contents



Linear Algebra.


Forms of the Dynamic Equations.

Virtual Work and Lagrangian Dynamics.

Constrained Dynamics.

Spatial Dynamics.

Other Topics in Spatial Dynamics.


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Author Information

AHMED A. SHABANA, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of a number of books, including Dynamics of Multibody Systems, Vibration of Discrete and Continuous Systems, and Theory of Vibration: An Introduction.
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