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Elastic Potential Synthesis—A Generalized Procedure for Dynamic Synthesis of Machine and Mechanism Systems

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S. Idlani

Johnson Controls, Inc., Lavonia, MI 48150

D. A. Streit, B. J. Gilmore

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

J. Mech. Des 115(3), 568-575 (Sep 01, 1993) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919227 History: Received February 01, 1990; Online June 02, 2008

Abstract

By synthesizing a mechanism to govern the deflection of a linear spring, this paper presents a method to generate a specified elastic potential energy function. This synthesis approach, termed Elastic Potential Synthesis, can be employed to modify machine dynamics and therefore reduce actuator force/torque requirements. The design method presented is based on a system energy model. The maximum number of synthesis precision points are identified for both tension/compression and torsional springs. Examples are presented which demonstrate the power of this methodology.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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