I want to simulate the (probably chaotic) two dimensional movement of a chain, given that there is no gravity, and all of the links of the chain have some constant mass. Additionally, there is an assumption that the chain cannot collapse - all of the links of the chain will always be touching at their tips. Basically, one would move one side of the chain up and down and observe how this affects the rest of the chain.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I am trying to find some type of physics formulas that allow me to understand the individual interactions between two links of a chain. After one link moves at a certain degree into some direction with some energy, how much energy, in what direction will go into the second link? How will the first link be affected from the second link being connected to it? etc..

I'm not very interested in a formula that describes the chain as a whole. Instead I'm interested in the specific interaction between two links of the chain.

Does anybody know the generic names for these formulas, or some place that references them?

Thank you,

Ven

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# The movement of a chain

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