Chaotic Motion of Wheels

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Trolleys have wheels which can choose the direction of their rolling. Studying the motion of a wheel like this, we can often find periodic motions (“shimmy’*) or even chaotic ones. It has also been experienced that the chaotic motions sometimes disappear quite unexpectedly. A strongly simplified model of these systems is analysed in the paper by means of the methods of bifurcation theory. Analytical and numerical results are shown to characterize the system, including simulation results. Similar behaviour can be found in more complicated systems as well, (ike the trailers or the nose-gears of aeroplanes. The development of the so-called transient chaotic motion is explained in these systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-351
Number of pages11
JournalVehicle System Dynamics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Mechanical Engineering

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