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Interactive software for dynamic system modeling using linear graphic

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4 Author(s)
Durfee, W.K. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA ; Wall, M.B. ; Rowell, D. ; Abbott, F.K.

A description is given of Lgraph, which is an interactive, graphical software package for creating, modifying, and reducing linear graphs. Linear graphing, a structured method for formulating and representing lumped-element, linear dynamic system models containing connected single-port energy storage, dissipative, and source elements, and two-port transduction elements, is explained through the example of a simplified, quarter-body car suspension. Lgraph enables the user to place elements from several domains in a connected graph, and then computes and displays elemental equations, constraint (loop and node) equations, and state equations for the dynamic system, all in symbolic form. Its operation is described by a second example, the modeling of a DC servomotor drive system. The procedural algorithms are described. The package was implemented using X Windows graphics and runs on Unix-based engineering workstations.<>

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Control Systems, IEEE  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 4 )