On a particle motion along the leier fixed in a precessing rigid body

    2011, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp.  295-311

    Author(s): Rodnikov A. V.

    We study a particle motion along a cable with ends fixed in a precessed rigid body. Such cable called «the leier» is a model of space elevator for a dynamically symmetric asteroid. (The Dutch term «leier» means the rope with fixed ends). In this paper we find two integrable cases of the particle motion equations (for zero and right nutation angle) Phase portraits for integrable situations are built taking into account conditions of motion with the tense cable and assuming the body gravitation is close to gravitational field of two equal point masses that are in the axis of dynamical symmetry. Using «the Generalized Restricted Circular Problem of Three Bodies» by V. V. Beletsky, we study the particle equilibria on the leier in the plane containing the body mass center and being perpendicular to the precession axis for all possible nutation angles. Some facts on these equilibria stability are formulated.
    Keywords: space elevator, space tether system, asteroid, unilateral constraint, problem of three bodies
    Citation: Rodnikov A. V., On a particle motion along the leier fixed in a precessing rigid body, Rus. J. Nonlin. Dyn., 2011, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp.  295-311

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