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Documentation Table of Contents

1. Getting Started
  • Starting MechanicalSystems
  • Basic 2D Model
  • Basic 3D Model


2. Kinematic Modeling

  • Body Objects
  • Points, Vectors, and Axes
  • Constraint Objects
  • Building the Model
  • Running the Model
  • Variable Management


3. Output Functions

  • 2D Output Functions
  • 3D Output Functions
  • Plots and Graphs
  • 2D Mechanism Images
  • 3D Mechanism Images


4. Velocity and Acceleration

  • Velocity and Acceleration Solutions
  • Velocity and Acceleration Output


5. Multistage Mechanisms

  • Stage Switching Constraints
  • Time Switching Constraints


6. Cams and Gears

  • Cam Constraints
  • Gear Constraints


7. Loads and Reactions

  • Load Objects
  • Static Solutions
  • Resultant Forces
  • Multistage Loads


8. Inverse Dynamics

  • Inertia Properties
  • Kinematic and Dynamic Solutions
  • Friction and Damping


9. Parametric Design

  • Coupled Models
  • Multiple Configuration Couples
  • Velocity and Acceleration Couples
  • Load-Dependent Couples
  • Sensitivity


10. Underconstrained Systems

  • Equilibrium Configuration
  • Equilibrium Velocity
  • Free Acceleration
  • Dynamic Motion Synthesis
  • Nonholonomic Systems


11. Generalized Coordinates

  • Generalized Coordinate Constraints
  • Loads and Reactions
  • Dynamic Modeling


12. Performance Improvement

  • Updating Solutions
  • Simplifying Expressions
  • Compiling Expressions
  • Coordinate Systems
  • Locking Variables


13. Debugging Models

  • Model Building Errors
  • Failure to Converge
  • Mathematical Anomalies
  • Equations of Motion


Appendix: Reference Guide

  • Modified Mathematica Built-in Symbols
  • Listing of Mech Objects and Functions
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