How Chaotic Dynamics Drive a Vintage Grill-Room Spit

Rodriguez, Julio; Hongler, Max-Olivier (2021). How Chaotic Dynamics Drive a Vintage Grill-Room Spit In: Skiadas, Christos H.; Dimotikalis, Yiannis (eds.) 13th Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference. Springer Proceedings in Complexity (pp. 695-720). Cham: Springer International Publishing 10.1007/978-3-030-70795-8_50

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In 1943 Yves Rocard published an amazing book entitled “Dynamique Générale des Vibrations”. Among a collection of mechanical devices that are studied with great care in the book, the so-called Bouasse-Sarda’s “tournebroche” (rotary grill spit) is a fascinating two degrees of freedom device. What makes it interesting is that it stylises a wide class of forced parametric oscillators exhibiting a rich range of complex dynamical behaviours including fully deterministic chaos, a dynamic concept not popular in the forties and hence not yet discussed in Y. Rocard’s book. Today’s numerical tools offer a new possibility to revisit this amazingly simple but rich dynamical system.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


School of Engineering and Computer Science > Institut für Optimierung und Datenanalyse IODA
School of Engineering and Computer Science


Rodriguez, Julio;
Hongler, Max-Olivier;
Skiadas, Christos H. and
Dimotikalis, Yiannis


Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery




Springer Proceedings in Complexity


Springer International Publishing




Julio Rodriguez

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31 Jan 2023 15:22

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31 Jan 2023 15:22

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