Dynamics of Wheel Wobble

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This Demonstration simulates the motion of a rolling wheel. Euler's rigid-body equations of motion determine the time dependence of the Eulerian angles and position coordinates. It is assumed that the coefficient of friction is sufficiently large so that no slipping occurs. You can vary the mass and initial conditions.

Contributed by: Georg Huber (Austria) (October 12)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



[1] K. Wohlhart, Dynamik: Grundlagen und Beispiele, Wiesbaden: Vieweg+Teubner Verlag, 1998.

[2] E. Pestel, Technische Mechanik, Band 3: Kinematik und Kinetik, Oldenbourg: Wissenschaftsverlag, 1988.

[3] Wikipedia, "Euler's Equations (Rigid Body Dynamics)." (Nov 12, 2020) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euler%27 s_equations _(rigid_body _dynamics).


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