The Performance of a Mechanical Design ‘Compiler’

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A. C. Ward

Dept. of Mech. Engrg. and Appl. Mech., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

W. P. Seering

Mech. Engrg. Dept., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

J. Mech. Des 115(3), 341-345 (Sep 01, 1993) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919197 History: Received January 01, 1989; Revised October 01, 1991; Online June 02, 2008


A mechanical design “compiler” has been developed which, given an appropriate schematic, specifications, and utility function for a mechanical design, returns catalog numbers for an optimal implementation. The compiler has been successfully tested on a variety of mechanical and hydraulic power transmission designs, and a few temperature sensing designs. Times required have been at worst proportional to the logarithm of the number of possible combinations of catalog numbers.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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