Technology Transfer in the Design of Adjustable Linkages

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D. C. Tao

IBM Lexington, Ky.

H. S. Yan

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.

J. Mech. Des 101(3), 495-498 (Jul 01, 1979) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3454083 History: Received June 29, 1978; Online October 21, 2010


When the input crank is in line with the fixed link, the circling-point curve degenerates into a circle and straight line. This characteristic applied to a four-bar linkage with symmetrical coupler curves can be utilized to design linkage mechanisms adjustable for variable circular arcs. The design technique is simple and should stimulate the designer’s interest.

Copyright © 1979 by ASME
Topics: Design
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