RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanisms and Robotics

Assembly Configurations of Single-Loop Mechanisms With Pin Joints and Sliding Joints

[+] Author and Article Information
D. E. Foster, R. J. Cipra

Purdue University, School of Mechanical Engineering, 1288 Mechanical Engineering Building, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1288

J. Mech. Des 120(3), 387-391 (Sep 01, 1998) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2829163 History: Received September 01, 1996; Revised May 01, 1998; Online December 11, 2007


This paper examines the problem of enumerating the assembly configurations (ACs), also called circuits, of planar mechanisms which can be described as a single loop. A method is given which allows the user to find and distinguish the ACs of such a mechanism, by determining if each pair of adjacent links can line up. If each pair can line up, then the mechanism has one AC; otherwise, it has two ACs. It is shown that a single-loop mechanism can have no more than two ACs. The method is demonstrated with two examples.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.





Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related Journal Articles
Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In