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asked 2017-09-28 07:26:28 -0500

NRottmann gravatar image


Does anyone know which integrator type (e.g. implicit Euler) is used in Gazebo, respectively ODE, in order to solve the differential equations?

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answered 2017-09-28 18:39:20 -0500

Gazebo uses ODE as physics engine by default and ODE uses semi-implicit Euler integration. Bullet uses semi-implicit Euler integration as well.

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Hi, thanks for your answer. Do you know where I can find some paper or something else where the integrator type of the ODE is described?

NRottmann gravatar imageNRottmann ( 2017-10-02 03:19:38 -0500 )edit

You can probably refer to this webpage: although the latex display is bad, but you might get an idea. If you are looking for how the time stepper is working, refer to my thesis here In chapter 3, From basic equation of motion (3.1), you can jump to equation (3.27) Hopefully section 3.3 in this thesis will give you some reference as well

Ying Lu gravatar imageYing Lu ( 2017-10-04 11:11:46 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-10-02 14:43:45 -0500

From the ODE manual (

"ODE uses a first order semi-implicit integrator. The "semi implicit" means that some forces are calculated as though an implicit integrator is being used, and other forces are calculated as though the integrator is explicit. The constraint forces (applied to bodies to keep the constraints together) are implicit, and the "external" forces (applied by the user, and due to rotational effects) are explicit. Now, inaccuracy in implicit integrators is manifested as a reduction in energy - in other words the integrator damps the system for you. Inaccuracy in explicit integrators has the opposite effect - it increases the system energy. This is why systems simulated with explicit first order integrators can explode."

Searching for integrator in the manual turns up other tidbits regarding ODE's integration behavior.

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answered 2017-10-06 05:42:41 -0500

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Thanks a lot for your answers :)

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