Mechanism Schemes in Teaching: A Historical Overview

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M. Ceccarelli

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università di Cassino, Via Di Biasio 43, 03043 Cassino (Fr), Italy

J. Mech. Des 120(4), 533-541 (Dec 01, 1998) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2829311 History: Received June 01, 1996; Revised July 01, 1998; Online December 11, 2007


This paper considers the teaching aspect in the evolution of mechanisms and machines drawing with the aim to recognize developments and changes in the teaching approaches of what we now call Theory of Mechanisms. The evolution of mechanism schemes has been reviewed through significant examples drawn from a few authors, who have been selected to point out basic historical developments. It is worth noting that over time mechanism design teaching has been strongly restricted to fundamentals and past methodologies so that generally current schemes for designing have not been and were not included in regular teaching curricula.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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