Analyzing and optimizing multibody systems

Dieter Bestle & Peter Eberhard
Optimization of holonomic as well as non-holonomic multibody systems is presented as a nonlinear programming problem that can be solved with general-purpose optimization codes. The adjoint variable approach is used for calculating design derivatives of a rather general integral type performance measure with respect to design parameters. The resulting equations are solved by numerical integration backward in time. A multi-step integration algorithm with order and step-size control is adapted for this application by including an...
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