Stability of Generalized Equilibria in Constrained Pseudodissipative Systems

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J. A. Walker

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208

J. Appl. Mech 63(3), 603-609 (Sep 01, 1996) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2823340 History: Received February 15, 1995; Revised October 15, 1995; Online December 04, 2007


We present improved stability criteria for the generalized equilibria of pseudodissipative systems. Compared to earlier results (Walker, 1988), the new criteria apply to many more kinematically constrained systems. We also obtain particularly simple stability criteria for holonomically constrained systems. Minimality is not assumed and linearization is not employed.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Stability
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