CONTROLLABILITY OF ROLLING BODIES WITH REGULAR SURFACES Moghadasi, S. Reza;
A pair of bodies rolling on each other is an interesting example of nonholonomic systems in control theory. There is a geometric condition equivalent to the rolling constraint which enables us to generalize the rolling motions for any two-dimensional Riemannian manifolds. This system has a five-dimensional phase space. In order to study the controllability of the rolling surfaces, we lift the system to a six-dimensional space and show that the lifted system is controllable unless the two surfaces have isometric universal covering spaces. In the non-controllable case there are some three-dimensional orbits each of which corresponds to an isometry of the universal covering spaces.