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This model does not use explicit variables e.g. state variables in order to describe the relative motion of frame_b with to respect to frame_a, but defines kinematic constraints between the frame_a and frame_b. The forces and torques at both frames are then evaluated in such a way that the constraints are satisfied. Sometimes this type of formulation is also called an implicit joint in literature.
As a consequence of the formulation the relative kinematics between frame_a and frame_b cannot be initialized.
In particular in complex multibody systems with closed loops this may help to simplify the system of non-linear equations. Please compare the translation log using the classical joint formulation and the alternative formulation used here in order to check whether this fact applies to the particular system under consideration.
In systems without closed loops the use of this implicit joint does not make sense or may even be disadvantageous.
See the subpackage Examples.Constraints for testing the joint.
Description: = true: constraint force in x-direction, resolved in frame_a
Description: = true: constraint force in y-direction, resolved in frame_a
Description: = true: constraint force in z-direction, resolved in frame_a
Description: = true, if animation shall be enabled (show sphere)
Value: world.defaultJointLength / 3
Type: Distance (m)
Description: Diameter of sphere representing the spherical joint
Default Value: MBS.Types.Defaults.JointColor
Description: Color of sphere representing the spherical joint
Default Value: world.defaultSpecularCoefficient
Description: Reflection of ambient light (= 0: light is completely absorbed)
Body attached by one spring and spherical joint or constrained to environment