Davis, CA 95616-5294
Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of California
Kuleshov A. S., Hubbard M., Peterson D. L., Gede G.
Motion of the oloid on the horizontal plane
2011, Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 825-835
We present a kinematic analysis and numerical simulation of the toy known as the oloid. The oloid is defined by the convex hull of two equal radius disks whose symmetry planes are at right angles with the distance between their centers equal to their radius. The no-slip constraints of the oloid are integrable, hence the system is essentially holonomic. In this paper we present analytic expressions for the trajectories of the ground contact points, basic dynamic analysis, and observations on the unique behavior of this system.