Two-port inertia in mechanical translational systems
Mechanical Translational Elements
The Translational Inerter block represents a device that has force proportional to the rate of change of the relative velocity across the ports. It is essentially a two-port inertia that works on the velocity difference between the ports, not the absolute velocity. An inerter is the mechanical equivalent of a capacitor. An inerter with one port connected to ground essentially behaves as a mass with the mass equal to the inerter’s inertance.
Use this block in high performance suspension systems, to decouple weave and roll modes, or in applications where you need to model a passively tuned mass-spring-damper response.
The block is described with the following equations:
|F||Force transmitted through the inerter|
|vR, vC||Absolute velocities at ports R and C, respectively|
The block positive direction is from port R to port C. This means that the force is positive if it acts in the direction from R to C.
To set the priority and initial target values for the block variables prior to simulation, use the Variables tab in the block dialog box (or the Variables section in the block Property Inspector). For more information, see Set Priority and Initial Target for Block Variables.
Proportionality coefficient between the force and the rate of change of the relative velocity across the ports. The default value is
The block has the following ports:
Mechanical translational conserving port associated with the rod.
Mechanical translational conserving port associated with the case.