We study the roto-orbital dynamics of a uniform sphere and a triaxial body by means of a radial intermediary, which defines a 2-DOF Hamiltonian system. Our analysis is carried out by using variables referred to the total angular momentum. Its validity and applicability is assessed numerically by experiments comprising three different scenarios; analysis of the triaxiality, eccentricity and altitude. They show that there is a range of parameters and initial conditions for which the radial distance and the slow angles are estimated accurately, even after one orbital period. On the contrary, fast angles deteriorates as the triaxiality grows. We also include the study of the relative equilibria, finding constant radius solutions filling 4-D and lower dimensional tori. These families of relative equilibria include some of the classical ones reported in the literature and some new types. For a number of scenarios the relation between the triaxiality and the inclination connected with relative equilibria are given.
This paper is devoted to studying Hamiltonian oscillators in 1:1:1:1 resonance with symmetries, which include several models of perturbed Keplerian systems. Normal forms are computed in Poisson and symplectic formalisms, by mean of invariants and Lie-transforms respectively. The first procedure relies on the quadratic invariants associated to the symmetries, and is carried out using Gröner bases. In the symplectic approach, hinging on the maximally superintegrable character of the isotropic oscillator, the normal form is computed a la Delaunay, using a generalization of those variables for 4-DOF systems. Due to the symmetries of the system, isolated as well as circles of stationary points and invariant tori should be expected. These solutions manifest themselves rather differently in both approaches, due to the constraints among the invariants versus the singularities associated to the Delaunay chart.
Taking the generalized van der Waals family as a benchmark, the explicit expression of the Delaunay normalized Hamiltonian up to the second order is presented, showing that it may be extended to higher orders in a straightforward way. The search for the relative equilibria is used for comparison of their main features of both treatments. The pros and cons are given in detail for some values of the parameter and the integrals.