The Maxwell-Contact



In multibody systems, two alternative approaches exist to compute contact forces between bodies. The unilateral constraint contact and the unilateral regularized contact do not take into account the influence of the deformation due to other contacts on a body using rigid body dynamics. In this paper, a third alternative, i.e. the Maxwell-Contact, is derived coupling the deformations of different contacts on one body quasi-statically. An academic example validates the fundamental properties of the contact model and the application in a simulation of a pushbelt CVT shows improved results. (© 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)