Error analysis of forced discrete mechanical systems

03/20/2021
by   Javier Fernandez, et al.
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The purpose of this paper is to perform an error analysis of the variational integrators of mechanical systems subject to external forcing. Essentially, we prove that when a discretization of contact order r of the Lagrangian and force are used, the integrator has the same contact order. Our analysis is performed first for discrete forced mechanical systems defined over TQ, where we study the existence of flows, the construction and properties of discrete exact systems and the contact order of the flows (variational integrators) in terms of the contact order of the original systems. Then we use those results to derive the corresponding analysis for the analogous forced systems defined over Q× Q.

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