Abstract

A model is developed for analyzing mechanical systems with a pair of bodies with topological changes in their kinematic constraints. It is built upon the concept of Poincaré map rather than following the traditional methods of differential equations. The model provides a set of well-defined and naturally-discrete equations of motion and is capable of giving physical insights of dynamic characteristics of deadbeat convergence of multiple collisions and periodic or chaotic responses. The development of dynamic model and a local stability analysis are presented in Part 1, and the global analysis and numerical simulation are discussed in Part 2.

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