A New Look at an Old Problem: Newton’s Cradle

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V. Ceanga, Y. Hurmuzlu

Mechanical Engineering Department, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75275

J. Appl. Mech 68(4), 575-583 (Apr 16, 2000) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1344902 History: Received September 15, 1999; Revised April 16, 2000
Copyright © 2001 by ASME
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The compliant, three-ball chain
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Velocity-impulse graphs
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Effect of α on the post impact velocities
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Multiple impacts on the velocity-impulse diagram
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Bouncing pattern regions on the r1–r2 plane
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Velocity-impulse diagram of a small center-ball example
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Intermittent collisions
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The experimental set-up
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Velocity predictions in four ball experiments
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Velocity predictions in sequences with the heavy balls
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Velocity predictions in five and six ball experiments




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