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# Virtual Work and Displacements Mechanical Engineering Notes | EduRev

## Mechanical Engineering : Virtual Work and Displacements Mechanical Engineering Notes | EduRev

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Virtual Work and Displacements

Using the concept of virtual displacements, and virtual work, we can derive the equations of motion of lumped parameter systems.

Example 1 Mass/Spring System

Here number of degrees of freedom =1 Co-ordinate to describe the motion is x Now consider free-body diagram, at some time t

General one degree of freedom system If qis the co-ordinate used to describe the movement then the general form of Î´W is as follows:

we call Î´q1 â€“ generalised displacement Q1 â€“ generalised force. From principle of virtual work

Example Referring to the mass/spring system again

x= q1

Example 2

Simple pendulum

This is another one degree of freedom system. During a virtual displacement, Î´Î¸, the virtual work done is

Example 3 â€“ two degrees of freedom system

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## Engineering Mechanics - Notes, Videos, MCQs & PPTs

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