An Integrated System for Design of Mechanisms by an Expert System—Domes: Applications

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B. Yang, P. Datseris

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881

U. Datta

Bell Northern Research Corporation, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

J. Kowalski

Department of Computer Science and Statistics, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881

J. Mech. Des 113(1), 25-31 (Mar 01, 1991) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2912746 History: Received March 01, 1988; Revised November 01, 1989; Online June 02, 2008


Two mechanism design problems are tested through the developed expert system DOMES (D esign O f M echanism by an E xpert S ystem) to check its performance. The two problems are Variable Stroke Piston Engine design by Freudenstein and Maki [16] and Robot Gripper design by Datseris and Palm [19]. The results from these two applications indicate that the automated techniques effectively identify all previously obtained solutions via manual techniques. Additional solutions are also identified and several errors of the manual process are detected. The developed methodologies and software of DOMES appear to perform a complete and unbiased search of all possible candidate designs and are not prone to the errors of the manual process.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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