Finite Element Method Approach for Multibody Dynamics

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A finite-element-method-based formulation for flexible multibody dynamics, particularly targeting flexible link mechanisms, is proposed. The formulation is composed of two techniques: kinematics of largely displaced Euler beam element and direct coordinate partitioning. The kinematics is basically a corotational method. Direct coordinate partitioning, which is effective only in finite-element-based multibody dynamics, partitions the independent and dependent degrees of freedom hinge by hinge. A computational example on a slider crank with an assembly error shows the validity of the formulation and the developed program, SPADE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2909-2915
Number of pages7
Journaltransactions of the japan society of mechanical engineers series c
Issue number587
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Computational Mechanics
  • Finite-Element Method
  • Flexible Structure
  • Multibody Dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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