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# Nonlinear Rotational Damper

Rotational damper based on polynomial or lookup-table parameterizations

## Library

Couplings & Drives/Springs & Dampers

## Description

The block represents a nonlinear rotational damper. Polynomial and lookup-table parameterizations define the nonlinear relationship between damping torque and relative angular velocity. The damping torque can be symmetric or asymmetric about the zero velocity point. The block applies equal and opposite damping torques on the two rotational conserving ports.

The symmetric polynomial parameterization defines the damping torque for both positive and negative relative velocities according to the expression:

where:

• T — Damping torque

• b1, b2, ..., b5 — Damping coefficients

• ω — Relative angular velocity between ports R and C,

• ωR — Absolute angular velocity associated with port R

• ωC — Absolute angular velocity associated with port C

Using an odd polynomial (b2,b4 = 0), eliminates the sign function from the polynomial expression, avoiding zero-crossings that slow down simulation.

The two-sided polynomial parameterization defines the damping torque for both positive and negative relative velocities according to the expression:

where:

• b1p, b2p, ..., b5p — Damping coefficients for positive relative velocities

• b1n, b2n, ..., b5n — Damping coefficients for negative relative velocities

Both polynomial parameterizations use a fifth-order polynomial expression. To use a lower-order polynomial, set the unneeded higher-order coefficients to zero. To use a higher-order polynomial, fit to a lower order polynomial or use the lookup table parameterization.

The lookup table parameterization defines damping torque based on a set of torque and angular velocity vectors. If not specified, the block automatically adds a data point at the origin (zero angular velocity and zero torque).

## Assumptions and Limitations

• Damping is of the viscous type. It depends only on velocity.

## Dialog Box and Parameters

Parameterization

Select damping parameterization. Options are By polynomial and By lookup table.

## Ports

PortDescription
CRotational conserving port
RRotational conserving port

## See Also

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