ADAMS/Solver and MSS
This “Overview” introduces the computer program Automatic Dynamic Analysis of
Mechanical Systems (ADAMS). Engineers use ADAMS/Solver in the field of
Mechanical System Simulation (MSS) to simulate both large and small scale motion of
mechanical systems. These motions are induced by the action of applied forces or
excitations that act upon the system.
The purpose of this Overview is to help you use ADAMS/Solver to design and analyze
mechanical systems from the most elementary pendulum, or four-bar mechanism, to
the very complex suspension systems and other sophisticated mechanical devices. If
you are a more experienced ADAMS/Solver user, you will learn about the most recent
innovations in the code.
This Overview includes the following chapters and appendix:
1. ADAMS/Solver and MSS. Describes the role of ADAMS/Solver simulation
code in the field of Mechanical Systems Simulation.
2. Modeling Concepts. Introduces necessary ideas to construct models for an
3. Modeling Process. Describes a sequence of steps to create an ADAMS/Solver
model, run a simulation, and review the results.
4. ADAMS/Solver Statements. Defines the syntax and format of statements used
to define input for an ADAMS/Solver simulation.
5. Customizing ADAMS/Solver. Describes customizing procedures to define
nonstandard modeling elements or to generate nonstandard output.
6. Executing ADAMS/Solver. Discusses procedures to initiate an
ADAMS/Solver simulation and to control the process.
7. Output Files. Summarizes the purpose and contents of various output files.
Appendix A. “The Ten Easy Steps to Happy Simulations.” Methods for avoiding
the commonly encountered pitfalls associated with ADAMS/Solver models.
An Overview of How to Use ADAMS/Solver
Chapter 1. ADAMS/Solver and MSS
1.1 Definition of MSS
Mechanical System Simulation (MSS) is the study of the motion of mechanical
systems caused by external forces and excitations that act on the system. MSS