RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanisms and Robotics

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

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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
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