Mechanism Optimization via Optimality Criterion Techniques

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W. A. Thornton, M. R. Khan

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam, N.Y. 13676

K. D. Willmert

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam, N.Y. 13676

J. Mech. Des 101(3), 392-397 (Jul 01, 1979) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3454071 History: Received June 22, 1978; Online October 21, 2010


Presented in this paper are two new design techniques, based on optimality criteria, for selecting the cross-sectional sizes of the links within a mechanism. The objective is to minimize weight subject to stress and displacement (deformation) constraints. The mechanisms are assumed to be undergoing vibrational effects. These new optimality criterion methods are compared with a standard SUMT technique of nonlinear programming.

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