Learning Hamiltonians of constrained mechanical systems
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Original versionJournal of Computational and Applied Mathematics. 2023, 417. 10.1016/j.cam.2022.114608
Recently, there has been an increasing interest in modelling and computation of physical systems with neural networks. Hamiltonian systems are an elegant and compact formalism in classical mechanics, where the dynamics is fully determined by one scalar function, the Hamiltonian. The solution trajectories are often constrained to evolve on a submanifold of a linear vector space. In this work, we propose new approaches for the accurate approximation of the Hamiltonian function of constrained mechanical systems given sample data information of their solutions. We focus on the importance of the preservation of the constraints in the learning strategy by using both explicit Lie group integrators and other classical schemes.