Mechanical network

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A mechanical network is an abstract interconnection of mechanical elements along the lines of an electrical circuit diagram. Elements include rigid bodies, springs, dampers, transmissions, and actuators.

Network symbols[edit]

Some symbols for elements used on mechanical network diagrams

The symbols from left to right are: stiffness element (e.g. spring), mass (rigid body), mechanical resistance (e.g. damper), force generator, velocity generator. The symbols for generators depend on which mechanical-electrical analogy is being used. The symbols shown relate to the impedance analogy. In the mobility analogy the symbols are reversed, being respectively velocity and force generators.

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