1st Edition

Dynamics of Mechanical Systems

By Harold Josephs, Ronald Huston Copyright 2002
    776 Pages
    by CRC Press

    776 Pages 878 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Mechanical systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated and continually require greater precision, improved reliability, and extended life. To meet the demand for advanced mechanisms and systems, present and future engineers must understand not only the fundamental mechanical components, but also the principles of vibrations, stability, and balance and the use of Newton's laws, Lagrange's equations, and Kane's methods.

    Dynamics of Mechanical Systems provides a vehicle for mastering all of this. Focusing on the fundamental procedures behind dynamic analyses, the authors take a vector-oriented approach and lead readers methodically from simple concepts and systems through the analysis of complex robotic and bio-systems. A careful presentation that balances theory, methods, and applications gives readers a working knowledge of configuration graphs, Euler parameters, partial velocities and partial angular velocities, generalized speeds and forces, lower body arrays, and Kane's equations.

    Evolving from more than three decades of teaching upper-level engineering courses, Dynamics of Mechanical Systems enables readers to obtain and refine skills ranging from the ability to perform insightful hand analyses to developing algorithms for numerical/computer analyses. Ultimately, it prepares them to solve real-world problems and make future advances in mechanisms, manipulators, and robotics.

    Introduction. Review of Vector Algebra. Kinematics of a Particle. Kinematics of a Rigid Body. Planar Motion of Rigid Bodies - Methods of Analysis. Forces and Force Systems. Inertia, Second Moment Vectors, Moments and Products of Inertia, Inertia Dyadics. Principles of Dynamics: Newton's Laws and d'Alembert's Principle. Principles of Impulse and Momentum. Introduction to Energy Methods. Generalized Dynamics: Kinematics and Kinetics. Generalized Dynamics: Kane's Equations and Lagrange's Equations. Introduction to Vibrations. Stability. Balancing. Mechanical Components: Cams. Mechanical Components: Gears. Introduction to Multibody Dynamics. Introduction to Robot Dynamics. Application with Biosystems, Human Body Dynamics.


    Josephs, Harold; Huston, Ronald