Four-Bar Path Generation Synthesis by a Continuation Method

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T. Subbian, D. R. Flugrad

Mechanical Engineering Department, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011

J. Mech. Des 113(1), 63-69 (Mar 01, 1991) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2912752 History: Received December 01, 1989; Online June 02, 2008


A different approach for the synthesis of four-bar planar path generating mechanisms is presented. A continuation method is used to solve the system of nonlinear equations derived for the path generating problem. A brief description of the method is provided followed by the development of equations representing the four-bar linkage. The implementation of the method for five position path generation is discussed in detail and the solutions for two examples are presented.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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