Optimal Design of the Path of Chain Link Systems

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J.-P. Peng, M. Carpino

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

J. Mech. Des 115(4), 793-799 (Dec 01, 1993) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919270 History: Received February 01, 1990; Revised July 01, 1992; Online June 02, 2008


A general method for the design of the optimal path for a constant velocity chain system is presented. Both the dynamic effects and the kinematic effects of finite sized links have been incorporated into a dynamic model for arbitrary chain paths. A direct perturbation solution is developed for small amplitude oscillations. This model is then used to optimize chain paths for minimum position error and speed variation. An example of an optimized chain path for an oval configuration operating at low speed is presented.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Chain , Design
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