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Pantograph and catenary dynamics: A benchmark problem and its numerical solution. (English) Zbl 0964.65101
Summary: Coupled systems of partial differential equations and differential-algebraic equations (DAEs) are of actual interest in various practical applications. From this point of view we have recently studied the intersection of pantograph and catenary in high speed trains. To stimulate further research on this topic we formulate in the present paper a simplified model problem that reflects basic parts of the nonlinear dynamics in the technical system pantograph/catenary. Following the method of lines the equations of motion are semi-discretized in space using finite differences. For time discretization, typical DAE techniques are applied such as index reduction, projection steps and handling of systems with varying structure.

MSC:
65M20 Method of lines for initial value and initial-boundary value problems involving PDEs
34A09 Implicit ordinary differential equations, differential-algebraic equations
65L80 Numerical methods for differential-algebraic equations
35L35 Initial-boundary value problems for higher-order hyperbolic equations
65M06 Finite difference methods for initial value and initial-boundary value problems involving PDEs
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