[ODE] Brakes and rotational damping

Chris Ledwith cledwith at d-a-s.com
Thu Feb 9 15:41:25 MST 2006

Matthew Harmon wrote:
> I guess my real question boils down to this:  Is there anything
> fundamentally "wrong" with taking the angular velocity of a body, reducing
> it, and putting it back?  It seems like a kludge, but that sort of how
> brakes work in the real world.  They don't apply a "counter-torque" as such,
> they bleed off momentum into heat.
Yes, this is caused by a torque. 
torque=rotational_inertia*angular_acceleration, so torque is what 
produces changes in rotational velocity. Google 'braking torque'


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