A Study of the Solvability of the Position Problem for Multi-Circuit Mechanisms by Way of Example of the Double Butterfly Linkage

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K. J. Waldron, S. V. Sreenivasan

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210

J. Mech. Des 118(3), 390-395 (Sep 01, 1996) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2826898 History: Received July 01, 1995; Revised March 01, 1996; Online December 11, 2007


It is frequently forgotten that the common methods of position analysis of planar linkages, which are based on dyadic decomposition, are not general. This is true regardless of whether a graphical or analytical approach is used. It is demonstrated in this paper that relatively simple linkages can give rise to problems that cannot be addressed by dyadic decomposition methods, and that solution of these problems can be far more complex.

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