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Finding the equation of a system involving dashpots and mass on wheels

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Jun4-11, 01:02 PM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
consider the mechanical system below. Find the equation depicting the system. u is the input force. sorry for the poor picture, I had to draw it on my tablet...

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I'm not sure how to treat the dashpot in parallel with the mass. I came up with the following system of equations:

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Jun4-11, 03:54 PM
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hi lzh!

according to, the resistance is porportional to the speed
Jun4-11, 10:21 PM
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oops I mistyped...

Jun5-11, 03:15 AM
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Finding the equation of a system involving dashpots and mass on wheels

I can't tell you anything for sure since I haven't done these problems in years. The way I used to check out the mechanical "circuit" when I got overwhelmed was based on my electrical knowledge. Your dashpot is a resistor and your mass is an inductor. Always use this as a double check when you're unsure of a mechanical setup. The info for the electrical setup will always be more easy to find.

EDIT: Looking at your equations of motion now though, I think you have it or are close. There is no need to fudge with the circuit. Just find X and Y based on input u.
Jun5-11, 06:57 PM
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after some more modification, but i'm still unsure...
Jun6-11, 09:04 AM
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For starters:

Note that u would be a velocity input, not a force input.

b is by' - it has no contact with the velocity at x

and I think for m it is m(y"-x")

I haven't checked your eqautions yet, so patience please

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