From the series: Student Competition: Physical Modeling Training
Swarooph Seshadri, MathWorks
We continue to build on the example from Student Competition - Physical Modeling Training, Part 8: Building Mechanical Assemblies, Section 1 to show how to sense and log simulation results, add internal mechanics to joints, set initial conditions for mechanical configurations, actuate joints, and apply external force on parts.
In Section 1 you saw that the motion was not fully constrained. Now, you’ll add a shock absorber component, define internal mechanics and initial conditions for the assembly, and implement and subject the suspension system to an external force test.
In summary, you’ll see how to specify degrees of freedom for mechanical assemblies, sense and log simulation results, add real world mechanics into the simulation such as stiffness and damping, set initial conditions for mechanical configurations, actuate joints based on motion profiles and forces, and exert force on specific frames independent of joints.