Systems featuring chain structures–a generalized Bond Graph modelling

G. Komurgoz, G. H. Geitner*

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The study presents power flow modelling for dynamic systems featuring chain structures. For this purpose, the Bond Graph method is particularly suitable. This tool describes engineering systems in different fields via domain-independent graphical representation using general dynamic modelling for any physical system. Even repetitive constructions called chains can be modelled. This paper aims for power flow based dynamical models of serial type chain structures. Further graphical systematization identifies four basic scalar segments which again correlate with four general vectorial total model structures. Examples and general algorithms, to obtain the scalar segment model and the vectorial overall model, support the proposed modeling. The main vectorial modelling element is identified as a relative coordinate transformation. The approach includes usage for open and closed chains plus rings of ring structures. It aims at universal usage independent of serial chain structure type, application domain or software tool. Moreover, it can be used beneficially in various non-physical fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-889
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of General Systems
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2019

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  • bond graph
  • chain structures
  • classification
  • cycle machines
  • modelling algorithm
  • Power flow


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