A. P. Mashtakov, Yu. L. Sachkov, “Extremal trajectories and the asymptotics of the Maxwell time in the problem of the optimal rolling of a sphere on a plane”, Sbornik: Mathematics, 2011, 202:9, 1347–1371
The problem of a sphere rolling on a plane without twisting or slipping is considered. It is required to roll the sphere from one contact configuration to another so that the length of the curve described by the contact point is minimal. A parametrization of extremal trajectories is obtained. The asymptotics of extremal trajectories and the behaviour of the Maxwell time for the rolling of a sphere over sinusoids of small amplitude are studied; for such trajectories estimates for the so-called cut time are obtained.
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