|Connectors:||Mechanical Connector (rotational)||ctr1||Connectable to elements of the Rotational Mechanics library|
|Mechanical Connector (rotational)||ctr2||Connectable to elements of the Rotational Mechanics library|
|Parameters:||Kind of Constraint||kind||
|Angular Difference||phi||only visible, if kind=="Angular Difference"|
|Speed Difference||om||only visible, if kind=="Speed Difference"|
|Angle Function phi2=f(phi1)||f_phi1||only visible, if kind=="Angle Function phi2=f(phi1)"|
|Speed Function om2=f(om1)||f_om1||only visible, if kind=="Speed Function om2 = f(om1)"|
|Angle Function phi1=f(phi2)||f_phi2||only visible, if kind=="Angle Function phi1=f(phi2)"|
|Speed Function om1=f(om2)||f_om2||only visible, if kind=="Speed Function om1 = f(om2)"|
|Switchable Constraint||switchable||Enables the possiblitiy to switch the element active or inactive using the boolean parameter con|
|Activated||con||Constant condition for activation ("true" or "false")|
This element allows to model constraints, rigid dependencies, or transformations between rotary motion and force quantities at two locations (connections) in the system under study.
The torques at the connectors of this element are balanced, i.e., T1 (torque at ctr1) equals -T2 (torque at ctr2). In practice this implies, that the element does not have any hidden supports to the environment. Consequently, if the speeds at ctr1 and ctr2 are different, the element acts as a power/energy source or sink. For the description of element types, which do not convert power, the Gear element (ideal rotary to rotary transformer, which has internal supports to the environment) can be used.
The Kind of Constraint of constraint is defined in the selection box kind and turns on the input field of the respective parameter. There are six constraint options:
- "Angular Difference":
By entering a value in the parameter field Angular Difference (phi) a twist angle between the two connectors of the element is defined. The element ensures the abidance of the constraint.
- "Speed Difference":
By entering a value in the parameter field Speed Difference (om) a speed deviation between the two connectors of the element is defined. The element ensures the abidance of the constraint.
- 2x Angle
Functions ("Displacement Function x2 = f(x1)" and "Displacement Function x1 = f(x2)":
Using the settings Angle Function phi2=f(phi1) or Angle Function phi1=f(phi2) it becomes possible to describe the relation between the angles at ctr1 (phi1) and ctr2 (phi2) by arbitrary functions. The formulated expressions can contain numbers, variables, functions, and of course the two angle designators phi1 and phi2. Time-dependent relationships can be described using the system variable t. An expression could look like as follows: phi1+0.01*sin(2*pi*5*t).
- 2x Speed Functions ("Velocity Function v2 = f(v1)"
and "Velocity Function v1 = f(v2)"):
Using the settings Speed Function om2=f(om1) or Speed Function om1=f(om2) it becomes possible to describe the relation between the speeds at ctr1 (om1) and ctr2 (om2) by arbitrary functions (in analogy to the Angle Function).
- "Set dphi to Initial Angular Diff. of Connectors":
This option sets a constant angle difference constraint. This angle difference (dphi) will be computed by the initial values of the connected structures (inertias, connections) at ctr1 and ctr2.
The checkbox Switchable Constraint enable the boolean parameter con. con allows to switch the element between active or inactive by setting a true or false condition. Using this option it is possible to couple or decouple two mechanical sub-systems.
- The Internal TorqueTi of the element is available as a result variable for display and further processing. Its sign is defined according to the sign convention used for all elements in the mechanics libraries: A positive internal torque has an accelerating effect on components connected to ctr2 and a decelerating effect on components connected to ctr1 respectively (see the remarks for the External Torque for further details).
- The Constraint
also computes the power contributed by the constraint to the mechanical system: