A Method for Testing Numerical Integrations of Equations of Motion of Mechanical Systems

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T. R. Kane

Stanford University, Stanford, California

D. A. Levinson

Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory, Palo Alto, California

J. Appl. Mech 55(3), 711-715 (Sep 01, 1988) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3125854 History: Received November 24, 1987; Revised March 01, 1988; Online July 21, 2009


It is common practice to use conservation principles, such as the principles of conservation of energy or angular momentum, to test results of numerical integrations of differential equations of motion of mechanical systems. This paper deals with a testing method that can be used even when no conservation principle is applicable.

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