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Herman J. Woltring
04-23-1991, 06:14 AM
Dear Biomch-L readers,

Some time ago, I mentioned a number of recent books on this list, with
the intention to post a proper review. Regretfully, I have not met that
promise, and time constraints are such that I don't know when to do so.

However, there is a particular reason to make a special statement about the
following book:

Werner O. Schiehlen (Editor),
Multibody Systems Handbook
Springer-Verlag, 1990
ISBN 3-540-51946-7 (Berlin Heidelberg New York)
ISBN 0-387-51946-7 (New-York Berlin Heidelberg)

In this book, a large number of software packages for multibody dynamics are
reviewed by their respective authors; in order to facilitate comparisons,
Prof. Schiehlen provided two benchmark examples that all contributors had
to process with their packages. The result is a useful survey of a great
many packages in the multibody dynamics field (one package, of Dutch origin,
was not mentioned, though: MADYMO, extensively used in car crash research,
has become a very popular package that undoubtedly will be covered in a
future, revised edition).

Eindhoven University of Technology is celebrating its 35th anniversary this
year. In this context, three honorary doctorates will be granted this Friday,
and Prof. Schiehlen is one of the recipients.

Prof.Dr.-Ing. Werner O. Schiehlen is with the Institute B of Mechanics,
University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 9, D-7000 STUTTGART 80, Germany;
he is an outstanding leader in various fields of dynamics and a prominent
person within the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.
While not specifically concerned with Biomechanics, his work is of definite
importance for students of human and animal movement. In particular, the
growing interest in non-rigid multibody dynamics holds promise for a fruitful
liaison between Biomechanics and Fundamental, Technical, and/or Applied
Mechanics. As it happens, only yesterday one of our readers wrote to me
that one of the multibody dynamics packages described in Prof. Schiehlen's
book was recently obtained at his Biomechanics/Kinesiology Department.

Herman J. Woltring,
Eindhoven/NL

P.S. Dutch readers of this posting interested in meeting Prof. Schiehlen
can attend his lecture "Multibody Dynamics and Engineering" during the
Engineering Dynamics symposium on Thursday, April 25, at Eindhoven's
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering; this one-day symposium is chaired by
Prof. Dick van Campen, former board member of the European Society of
Biomechanics, and has been organised in Prof. Schiehlen's honour. For
organization and administration details, contact the PATO Office in The
Hague/NL, tel. (070) 3644957, fax (070) 3562722; for information about
the contents of the meeting, call Prof. Van Campen at (040) 472851.