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An Overview of Variational Integrators

Lew, Adrian and Marsden, Jerrold E. and Ortiz, Michael and West, Matthew (2004) An Overview of Variational Integrators. In: Finite Element Methods: 1970’s and Beyond. Theory and engineering applications of computational methods. International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) , Barcelona, pp. 1-18. ISBN 9788495999498.

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The purpose of this paper is to survey some recent advances in variational integrators for both finite dimensional mechanical systems as well as continuum mechanics. These advances include the general development of discrete mechanics, applications to dissipative systems, collisions, spacetime integration algorithms, AVI’s (Asynchronous Variational Integrators), as well as reduction for discrete mechanical systems. To keep the article within the set limits, we will only treat each topic briefly and will not attempt to develop any particular topic in any depth. We hope, nonetheless, that this paper serves as a useful guide to the literature as well as to future directions and open problems in the subject.

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Additional Information:© 2003 CIMNE, Barcelona, Spain. Research partially supported by NSF–ITR grant ACI–0204932.
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Subject Keywords:mechanical integrators, variational principles, conservation properties, discrete mechanics, symmetry, reduction
Series Name:Theory and engineering applications of computational methods
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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