Multibody Mechanics and Visualization (Hardback)Harry Dankowicz (author)
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Multibody Mechanics and Visualization appeals to computer-savvy students who will acquire significant skills in mathematical and physical modelling of mechanical systems in the process of producing attractive computer simulations and animations.
The approachable style and clear presentation of this text will help readers grasp the essentials of: modeling the kinematics and dynamics of arbitrary multibody mechanisms; formulating a mathematical description of general motions of such mechanisms; implementing the description in a computer-graphics application for the animation/visualization of the movement.
Supported in the text in parallel with the theoretical presentation is the simulation and animation application Mambo.
The Mambo toolbox enables you to provide these specifications for mechanisms that would pose insurmountable algebraic challenges to manual calculation. Mambo works with the widely operated Maple mathematical software that can be downloaded from the Web and enables students to visualize the mechanical systems described in the text.
Publisher: Springer London Ltd
Number of pages: 504
Weight: 2660 g
Dimensions: 235 x 178 x 28 mm
Edition: 2005 ed.
From the reviews:
"This book differs from traditional mechanics textbooks. ... the author develops here a course that relies on the concept of problem-based learning. It allows the student to accumulate theoretical knowledge, develop intuitive insights into and perfect a practical know-how in the modelling and visualization of complex mechanical systems and their motion. ... A worthwhile feature of this book is the recommendation of various animation and modelling projects for semester long team assignments ... . This excellent research exposition deserves a wide distribution and acceptance." (Franz Selig, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1077, 2006)
"This book's unique feature is its illustrations and geometric configurations in determining the kinematics of rigid bodies. ... This book can serve as a requirement to many of the advanced courses in dynamics ... . It is a powerful tool for providing beginning engineers ... to develop the needed skills to formulate and solve complex dynamical problems. The book is written for juniors and seniors ... . The textbook is full of examples and problems that are well selected for the materials described ... ." (Farid Amirouche, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 30 (3), 2007)
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