Faculty Publications

Title

The sliding chain problem with and without friction: A universal solution

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

European Journal of Physics

Volume

18

Issue

1

First Page

15

Last Page

17

Abstract

The general motion of a flexible chain sliding from a horizontal surface is analysed. It is shown that the introduction of friction produces no new features in the solution if a suitable coordinate transformation is affected. Indeed a universal function is introduced which gives the sliding time of any chain from a horizontal surface for all surfaces and initial conditions.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1997

DOI of published version

10.1088/0143-0807/18/1/004

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