Computer Simulation of Continuous Systems

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CUP Archive, Jun 26, 1975 - Computers - 326 pages
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Simulating a continuous process on a (computer) model provides a means of understanding how a system will behave when it is subject to particular constraints. Computers are of particular use for this purpose as the system is one which involves differential equations, eg. the behaviour of the vehicle suspension systems and chemical reactions. The book describes how analogue, digital and hybrid computers are used in simulating continuous systems. Their use is illustrated in the text by a number of simple problems and most chapters also contain examples of varying complexity selected from a range of scientific and engineering disciplines. A short appendix describes the functioning of analogue and hybrid units; for the rest of the book a knowledge of electric circuit theory is not required.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Analogue and Simple Parallel Logic Computers
11
Study of Differential Equation Problems by Analogue
25
Generation of Functions of the Independent Variable
51
Generation of Functions of a Dependent Variable
70
Analogue Memory and its Applications
89
Miscellaneous Advanced Techniques
113
Digital Simulation
131
Sequential Hybrid Computing
196
Applications Involving Simultaneous Computation
228
Simulation in Control
249
Analogue and Hybrid Computer Hardware
289
Nonlinear analogue devices
299
Preparation and Checking
309
Computer aids
316
Copyright

Hybrid Computers
177

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