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Flexible Multibody Dynamics: A Finite Element Approach Hardcover – Mar 5 2001

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"a competent offering" (The Aeronautical Journal, November 2001)

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Flexible Multibody Dynamics comprehensively describes the numerical modelling of flexible multibody dynamics systems in space and aircraft structures, vehicles, and mechanical systems. A rigorous approach is followed to handle finite rotations in 3D, with a thorough discussion of the different alternatives for parametrization. Modelling of flexible bodies is treated following the Finite Element technique, a novel aspect in multibody systems simulation.

Moreover, this book provides extensive coverage of the formulation of a general purpose software for flexible multibody dynamics analysis, based on an exhaustive treatment of large rotations and finite element modelling, and incorporating useful reference material.

Features include different solution techniques such as:

* time integration of differential-algebraic equations

* non-linear substructuring

* continuation methods

* nonlinear bifurcation analysis.
In essence, this is an ideal text for senior undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals in mechanical and aeronautical engineering, as well as mechanical design engineers and researchers, and engineers working in areas such as kinematics and dynamics of deployable structures, vehicle dynamics and mechanical design.

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Not Nearly Worth the Price (Even from Dec 8 2005
By Brian E. Lamm - Published on
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This book promises much (read the table of contents), and delivers little.

For example, the preface indicates Chapter 10 on implicit time integration will provide details of the authors' *implementation* of implicit time integration of multi-body rigid/flexible systems. Nothing could be less accurate. A review of accuracy and stability of some Newmark methods, of the HHT alpha method, and of the "generalized" alpha method is provided, but absolutely nothing is provided in the way of implementation by the authors, as promised in the preface.

The real "meat" of the book is really contained in the referenced works.

The best use you can make of this book is to get the list of references in the book's backmatter, and go to them to get more than the cursory, high-level overviews contained in this over-priced book.

If one of the real masters, e.g. Hughes, had attempted this, we would have book as great as Linear Static and Dynamic Finite Element Analysis. LSDFEA by Hughes has a Much more In Depth and Insightful discussion of implicit time integration, and master Hughes provides clarity of implementation details the authors of this book would do well to emulate.

If the book had been about one-quarter of the price, then I would be keeping it.