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1. Differentiation of vectors; 2. Kinematics; 3. Constraints; 4. Mass distribution; 5. Generalized forces; 6. Constraint forces, constraint torques; 7. Energy functions; 8. Formulation of equations of motion; 9. Extraction of information from equations of motion; 10. Kinematics of orientation; Problem sets; Appendix I. Direction cosines as functions of orientation angles; Appendix II. Kinematical differential equations in terms of orientation angles; Appendix III. Inertia properties of uniform bodies; Index.

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This book presents Kane's method, a modern approach that leads economically to equations that can be readily solved by computer.

About the Author

Carlos M. Roithmayr is a senior aerospace engineer in the Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology, both an M.S. and a Degree of Engineer in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He began his career with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. His research interests include dynamics of multibody mechanical systems, spacecraft attitude dynamics and control, and orbital mechanics, and he has contributed to a wide variety of Agency projects and missions. He is author or coauthor of numerous refereed journal papers. Dr Roithmayr is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dewey H. Hodges is a professor of aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. His research interests include aeroelasticity, structural mechanics, rotorcraft dynamics, finite element analysis, and computational optimal control. He has authored or coauthored five books and more than 200 technical papers in refereed journals. Professor Hodges is a Fellow of the American Helicopter Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Academy of Mechanics. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Fluids and Structures, the Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, and Nonlinear Dynamics.


'Dynamics: Theory and Application of Kane's Method is a timely update of the now classical book by Kane and Levinson by two authors, collectively with many decades of experience stretching across academia and government laboratories. While providing coverage of a broader class of problems and of recent advances in the field, the rigor and clarity of the original text is retained. This new book will be welcomed by many working on dynamics and control of complex mechanical and aerospace multibody systems.' Olivier A. Bauchau, Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics Full review available at https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4034731

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