Journal of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics

45, 1, pp. 15-23, Warsaw 2007

The triple pendulum with barriers and the piston – connecting rod – cranckshaft model

Jan Awrejcewicz, Grzegorz Kudra
A model of a flat triple pendulum with obstacles imposed on its position is used for the modelling of a piston-connecting rod-crankshaft system of a mono-cylinder four-stroke combustion engine. The introduced self-excited system can be only treated as the first step in more advanced modelling of real processes, but some examples of numerical simulations exhibit well known six stages of the piston sliding along the cylinder surface per cycle.
Keywords: triple pendulum; multibody system; unilateral constraints; impact; piston dynamics