Force probing to access potential energy

TitleForce probing to access potential energy
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsY Xu, and LN Virgin
Conference NameConference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series
Date Published01/2021

Perhaps the two most common forms of potential energy are those associated with gravitational and elastic forces. In an experimental setting, if we can measure the force required to maintain equilibrium, then the extraction of potential energy is relatively straightforward, since the force is the negative vector gradient of the potential. In this paper we apply this approach to a small mass that is placed on various shapes under the action of gravity.