Dynamics Textbook Author: David Levinson

David A. Levinson holds the position of Senior Staff Research Engineer at the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto California, where he is responsible for producing special purpose computer programs for predicting motions of complex mechanical systems. Over the years, he has been the recipient of numerous engineering awards, among them:
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) San Francisco Section Outstanding Young Engineer Award
  • AIAA San Francisco Section Engineer of the Year Award in Astronautics
  • AIAA San Francisco Section Engineering Educator of the Year Award
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Santa Clara Valley Section Distinguished Mechanical Engineer Award
  • American Astronautical Society Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Lockheed Missiles and Space Company President's Award
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He is the author or co-author of 43 published technical papers, a co-author of the two McGraw-Hill textbooks, Spacecraft Dynamics and Dynamics: Theory and Applications, and a co-author of the desktop-published textbooks Dynamics Online: Theory and Implementation with AUTOLEV, Engineering Mechanics Online: Part 1, and Engineering Mechanics Online: Part 2.

David is a Fellow of both the American Astronautical Society and the ASME, and is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA. He currently is chairman of the Discover "E" K-12 engineering outreach program for the Silicon Valley Engineering Council, and has given over 200 classroom presentations to middle school and high school students and teachers about careers in engineering. He is a popular speaker, and was an ASME Distinguished Lecturer from 2000 through 2004. He is well-known for his unusual ability to explain complex ideas to general audiences in an informative and entertaining way. For nearly forty years he has lectured on technical subjects to a wide variety of audiences, including Cub Scouts, engineering graduate students, swimming coaches, physicians, middle school and high school students, practicing engineers, school teachers, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, university professors, and fifth graders.


Textbooks by David A. Levinson

1.

Spacecraft Dynamics, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1983. (with Thomas R. Kane and Peter W. Likins)

2.

Dynamics: Theory and Applications, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1985. (with Thomas R. Kane)

3.

Dynamics Online: Theory and Implementation with AUTOLEV, Online Dynamics, Inc., 1996. (with Thomas R. Kane)

4.

Engineering Mechanics Online: Part 1, desktop published, 1998. (with Thomas R. Kane)

5.

Engineering Mechanics Online: Part 2, desktop published, 1998. (with Thomas R. Kane)

6.

Solutions Manual for Engineering Mechanics Online (Part 1 and Part 2), destktop published, 1998. (with Thomas R. Kane)

7.

AUTOLEV Userís Manual, desktop published, 1999. (with Thomas R. Kane)

8.

Problem Sets for Dynamics Online: Theory and Implementation with AUTOLEV, desktop published, 1999. (with Thomas R. Kane)

9.

Solutions Manual for Problem Sets for Dynamics Online: Theory and Implementation with AUTOLEV, destktop published, 2000. (with Thomas R. Kane)


Technical Papers by David A. Levinson

1.

"Stability, Instability, and Terminal Attitude Motion of a Spinning, Dissipative Spacecraft," AIAA Journal, Vol. 14, No. 1, January 1976, pp. 39-42. (with T. R. Kane)

2.

"Spin Stability of a Satellite Equipped with Four Booms," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 13, No. 4, April 1976, pp. 208-213. (with T. R. Kane)

3.

"Dynamics of Systems with Extremely Heterogeneous Inertia Properties," Mechanics Research Communications, Vol. 3, No. 6, 1976, pp. 489-494. (with T. R. Kane)

4.

"The Natural Frequencies of an Oscillating Four-Bar Linkage," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, Vol. 5, No. 1, 1977, pp. 115-119. (with K. Sepehrnoori)

5.

"Natural Frequencies of a Spherical Compound Pendulum," American Journal of Physics, Vol. 45, No. 6, June 1977, p. 579.

6.

"The Possible Motions of a Rigid Body with One Fixed Point," Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 99, No. 2, June 1977, pp. 329-332. (with K. Zare)

7.

"Natural Frequencies of a Hanging Chain," American Journal of Physics, Vol. 45, No. 7, July 1977, pp. 680-681.

8.

"Deployment of a Cable-Supported Payload from an Orbiting Spacecraft," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 14, No. 7, July 1977, pp. 409-413. (with T. R. Kane)

9.

"Equations of Motion for Multiple-Rigid-Body Systems via Symbolic Manipulation," Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 14, No. 8, August 1977, pp. 479-487.

10.

"Effects of Meteoroid Impacts on Spacecraft Attitude Motion," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. XXV, No. 2, April-June 1977, pp. 129-142.

11.

"Practical Considerations Regarding the Use of Hamiltonís Equations," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, Vol. 6, No. 3, July 1978, pp. 234-235.

12.

"A Realistic Solution of the Symmetric Top Problem," Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 45, No. 4, December 1978, pp. 903-909. (with T. R. Kane)

13.

"Successive Finite Rotations," Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 45, No. 4, December 1978, pp. 945-946. (with T. R. Kane)

14.

"Attitude Stability of a Spinning Symmetric Satellite in a Planar Periodic Orbit," Celestial Mechanics, Vol. 20, 1979, pp. 179-205. (with D. L. Hitzl)

15.

"Formulation of Equations of Motion for Complex Spacecraft," Journal of Guidance and Control, Vol. 3, No. 2, March-April 1980, pp. 99-112. (with T. R. Kane)

16.

"Energy-Sink Analysis of Systems Containing Driven Rotors," Journal of Guidance and Control, Vol. 3, No. 3, May-June 1980, pp. 234-238. (with T. R. Kane)

17.

"Large Motions of Unrestrained Space Trusses," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. XXVIII, No. 1, January-March 1980, pp. 49-88. (with T. R. Kane)

18.

"Application of Hamiltonís Law of Varying Action to the Restricted Three-Body Problem," Celestial Mechanics, Vol. 22, 1980, pp. 255-266. (with D. L. Hitzl)

19.

"A Simple Computer Graphics Technique for Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics Simulations," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. XXIX, No. 1, January-March 1981, pp. 81-99.

20.

"Simulation of Large Motions of Nonuniform Beams in Orbit, Part I -- The Cantilever Beam," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. XXIX, No. 3, July-September 1981, pp. 213-244. (with T. R. Kane)

21.

"Simulation of Large Motions of Nonuniform Beams in Orbit, Part II -- The Unrestrained Beam," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. XXIX, No. 3, July-September 1981, pp. 245-275. (with T. R. Kane)

22.

"Realistic Mathematical Modeling of the Rattleback," International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, Vol. 17, No. 3, 1982, pp. 175-186. (with T. R. Kane)

23.

"Large Motions of Unrestrained Structures," Proceedings of the Ninth U. S. National Congress of Applied Mechanics, Cornell University, June 21-25, 1982, pp. 259-263.

24.

"Docking of a Spacecraft with an Unrestrained Orbiting Structure," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. XXXI, No. 1, January-March 1983, pp. 23-48. (with T. R. Kane)

25.

"The Use of Kaneís Dynamical Equations in Robotics," The International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 2, No. 3, Fall 1983, pp. 3-21. (with T. R. Kane)

26.

"Multibody Dynamics," Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 50, No. 4b, December 1983, pp. 1071-1078. (with T. R. Kane)

27.

"An Explicit Solution of the General Two-Body Collision Problem," Computational Mechanics, Vol. 2, 1987, pp. 75-87. (with T. R. Kane)

28.

"Approximate Solution of Differential Equations Governing the Orientation of a Rigid Body in a Reference Frame," Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 54, No. 1, March 1987, pp. 232-234. (with T. R. Kane)

29.

"Realistic Modeling of Automobile Skidding," Mechanics Research Communications, Vol. 14, No. 1, 1987, pp. 1-7. (with T. R. Kane)

30.

"Internal Stroke Motions and the Effective Coaching of Stroke Mechanics," Journal of Swimming Research, Vol. 3, No. 2, Fall 1987, pp. 21-28.

31.

"Approximate Description of Attitude Motions of a Torque-Free, Nearly Axisymmetric Rigid Body," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 35, No. 4, October-December 1987, pp. 435-446. (with T. R. Kane)

32.

"A Method for Testing Numerical Integrations of Equations of Motion of Mechanical Systems," Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 55, No. 3, September 1988, pp. 711-715. (with T. R. Kane)

33.

"Interactive Computerized Symbolic Dynamics for the Dynamicist," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 36, No. 4, October-December 1988, pp. 365-388. (with D. B. Schaechter)

34.

"Testing Numerical Integrations of Equations of Motion," Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 57, No. 1, March 1990, pp. 248-249. (with T. R. Kane)

35.

"AUTOLEV -- A New Approach to Multibody Dynamics," Multibody Systems Handbook, Schiehlen, Werner (editor), Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1990, pp. 81-102. (with T. R. Kane)

36.

"Attitude Control of a Satellite Containing a Spinning Rotor with a Nadir-Pointing Axis," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 38, No. 1, January-March 1990, pp. 1-19. (with William R. Davis)

37.

"Orthogonal Curvilinear Coordinates and Angular Velocity," Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 57, No. 2, June 1990, pp. 468-470. (with T. R. Kane)

38.

"Gyroscopic Devices as Torque Generators," Commemorative Publication on the Occasion of the 80th Birthday of Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr.-Ing. E. h. Kurt Magnus, Department B for Mechanics, Technical University of Munich, October 16, 1992, pp. 169-182. (with T. R. Kane)

39.

"A Passive Method for Eliminating Coning of Force-Free, Axisymmetric Rigid Bodies," The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 40, No. 4, October-December 1992, pp. 439-447. (with T. R. Kane)

40.

"A Usable Solution of the Hanging Cable Problem," Computers & Structures, Vol. 46, No. 5, 1993, pp. 821-844. (with T. R. Kane)

41.

"A New Way to Teach, Learn, and Practice Mechanics," Mechanics, Vol. 27, No. 5-6, May-June 1998, pp. IV-IX. (with T. R. Kane)

42.

"A Multibody Motion Stability Analysis," Multibody System Dynamics, Vol. 3, No. 3, August 1999, pp. 287-299. (with T. R. Kane)

43.

"Locomotion of Snakes: A Mechanical, `Explanation', " International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 37, 2000, pp. 5829-5837. (with T. R. Kane)