Constant-length joint connector with two spatially separated spherical pivot points
The Spherical-Spherical block represents a composite joint composed of two spherical joint primitives. The Body coordinate system (CSs) on either side of the Joint are connected to the spherical primitives. The primitives are separated spatially by a vector of constant length but variable direction connecting the two Body CS origins.
Massless Connector Between Spherical and Spherical Joints
A Joint block represents the relative degrees of freedom between two bodies, not the bodies themselves.
You must connect any Joint block to two and only two Body blocks, the base and the follower. All Joints have a default of two connector ports for these connections, defining the direction of joint motion (base to follower). You connect each side of the Joint block to these Body blocks at a Body coordinate system (CS) point.
You specify the joint primitive axes, if any, in the Joint dialog.
You cannot connect an Actuator or Sensor to a Massless Connector.
The distance separating the two ends of the connector is computed automatically from the Body CS origins to which the Joint is connected. This distance (the magnitude of the vector between the Body CS origins) remains fixed at its initial value during the simulation. This initial value must be nonzero.
The base (B)-follower (F) Body sequence determines the sense of positive motion. Positive rotation is the base or follower pivoting as shown by the motion figure in the Spherical block reference page.
When you connect the base (B) connector port on the Spherical-Spherical block to a Body CS Port on a Body, this parameter is automatically reset to the name of this Body CS. See the following figure, Spherical-Spherical Base and Follower Body Connector Ports.
When you connect the follower (F) connector port on the Spherical-Spherical block to a Body CS Port on a Body, this parameter is automatically reset to the name of this Body CS. See the following figure, Spherical-Spherical Base and Follower Body Connector Ports.
Spherical-Spherical Base and Follower Body Connector Ports
Switch between the Axes and Advanced tabs.
The entries on the Axes tab are automatic. They specify the orientation of the spherical DoFs that the Spherical-Spherical represents.
This column automatically displays the name of each primitive joint contained in the Joint block. For Spherical-Spherical, there are two spherical primitives, labeled S1 and S2, connecting to base and follower, respectively.
This column automatically displays the type of each primitive joint contained in the Joint block. For Spherical-Spherical, there is only one primitive type, labeled Spherical.
These fields are not active.
These fields are not active.
The Advanced tab is optional. You use it to control the way SimMechanics™ simulation interprets the topology of your schematic diagram.
In a closed loop, the simulation internally and automatically cuts one and only one joint.
If you want this particular joint to be weighted preferentially for cutting during the simulation, select the check box. The default is not selected.