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On the Limitations of Predictions of the Dynamic Response of Machines with Clearance Connections

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J. F. Deck

Polaroid Corp., Cambridge, MA 02139

S. Dubowsky

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139

J. Mech. Des 116(3), 833-841 (Sep 01, 1994) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919457 History: Received December 01, 1992; Revised August 01, 1993; Online June 02, 2008

Abstract

The results of experimental and analytical studies of the dynamic response of machines with flexible links and connection clearances are presented. These results suggest that both a large amount of variability and high sensitivity to small parameter changes and operating conditions are inherent properties of the dynamic response of such systems. This work indicates that the accuracy of dynamic force predictions given by computer simulations for such systems may be fundamentally limited, and therefore such simulations should be used with care in system design.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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