Force System Structural Synthesis By Using Coupler Curves and Interactive Computer Graphics

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W. L. Carson

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Mo. 65211

R. S. Haney

Proctor and Gamble Paper Products, Albany, Ga. 31702

J. Mech. Des 101(2), 232-237 (Apr 01, 1979) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3454043 History: Received June 21, 1978; Online October 21, 2010


An interactive computer graphics program has been developed to structually synthesize force systems which will drive a 4R-4Bar linkage to have a desired dynamic motion time response. The program is also useful for iterative dimensional synthesis. The program contains a coupler curve “boxing” technique to help the designer identify generalized force “characteristic” curve shapes for translational force elements between nonadjacent links. Some general observations about generalized force “characteristic” curve shapes are also presented.

Copyright © 1979 by ASME
Topics: Force , Computers
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