The Numerical Solution of Discontinuous Structural Systems,
DUNDEE UNIV (SCOTLAND) DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
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This paper presents a numerical method, based on the classical fourth order Runge-Kutta process which is suitable for the solution of systems of ordinary differential equations with discontinuous right hand sides. These could, for example, include structural systems with discontinuous stiffness, mass or damping or indeed any system whose discontinuous characteristics may be expressed in terms of discontinuity functions.