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A Constraint Stabilization Method for Time Integration of Constrained Multibody Systems in Lie Group Setting

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Andreas Müller

University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, Shanghai, China

Zdravko Terze

University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Paper No. DETC2014-34899, pp. V006T10A015; 9 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 10th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4639-1
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The stabilization of geometric constraints is vital for an accurate numerical solution of the differential-algebraic equations (DAE) governing the dynamics of constrained multibody systems (MBS). Although this has been a central topic in numerical MBS dynamics using classical vector space formulations, it has not yet been sufficiently addressed when using Lie group formulations. A straightforward approach is to impose constraints directly on the Lie group elements that represent the MBS motion, which requires additional constraints accounting for the invariants of the Lie group. On the other hand, most numerical Lie group integration schemes introduce local coordinates within the integration step, and it is natural to perform the stabilization in terms of these local coordinates. Such a formulation is presented in this paper for index 1 formulation. The stabilization method is applicable to general coordinate mappings (canonical coordinates, Cayley-Rodriguez, Study) on the MBS configuration space Lie group. The stabilization scheme resembles the well-known vectors space projection and pseudo-inverse method consisting in an iterative procedure. A numerical example is presented and it is shown that the Lie group stabilization scheme converges normally within one iteration step, like the scheme in the vector space formulation.

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