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Re: Rigid body equations

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  • Subject: [mg74011] Re: Rigid body equations
  • From: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 04:57:45 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
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Robert Pigeon wrote:
> Greetings,
> 	Does any one worked out the rigid body equations (in 3D) in a notebook? I
> have to "simulate" the dynamics of an helicopter at work and most people are
> using other systems. I prefer to work with Mathematica for reasons
> that should be obvious to people in this list! But it is not for my
> colleagues at work.
> 	It will be an interesting challange to implement those equations in
> Mathematica. At the end I will want to input some initial conditions (like
> speed, trun speed,...) and get the dynamics (new speed, attitude,...).
> 	Good references will be appreciated also... !

Hi Robert,

You should have a look at the IMTEK Mathematica Supplement (IMS). See

Also, whenever one is looking for some code, one should try Google's 

In your case, go to

and enter the keywords

lang:mathematica rigid body equation


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