Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Donald L. Kunz, PhD
Hamilton's Law is derived in weak form for slender beams with closed cross sections. The result is discretized with mixed space-time finite elements to yield a system of nonlinear, algebraic equations. An algorithm is proposed for solving these equations using unconstrained optimization techniques, obtaining steady-state and time accurate solutions for problems of structural dynamics. This technique provides accurate solutions for nonlinear static and steady-state problems including the cantilevered elastica and flatwise rotation of beams. Modal analysis of beams and rods is investigated to accurately determine fundamental frequencies of vibration, and the simulation of simple maneuvers is demonstrated.
DTIC Accession Number
Leigh, Elliott J., "Simulation of a Moving Elastic Beam Using Hamilton's Weak Principle" (2006). Theses and Dissertations. 3566.