Position-Force Synthesis of Closed-Loop Linkages

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C. Huang, B. Roth

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

J. Mech. Des 116(1), 155-162 (Mar 01, 1994) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919339 History: Received May 01, 1992; Online June 02, 2008


The dimensional synthesis of spatial closed-loop linkages to match both force and position specifications is investigated. An efficient means of formulating force equations is introduced through the application of linear algebra to screw theory. The synthesis of spatial four-bar linkages is discussed in detail; it is shown that the maximum number of allowable design positions is not decreased after force constraints are imposed on classical position synthesis problems.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Topics: Force
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