Criteria of Force Transmission for Linkages and Their Application for Synthesis

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F. L. Litvin

College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, Chicago, Illinois

J. Mech. Des 102(1), 38-44 (Jan 01, 1980) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3254717 History: Received May 02, 1979; Online November 17, 2009


A method is developed for the determination of force transmission criteria for spatial linkages of any structure. It is applied to a mechanism with seven links, to five-link RCRCR and RRSRR mechanisms, and four-link RCCC mechanisms. In addition there are presented (a) a mathematical indication of “dead positions”, (b) a means of bringing the synthesis solution into the space of those parameters for which a real mechanism may exist; (c) a means for the optimal synthesis of a mechanism with regard to favorable conditions of force transmission.

Copyright © 1980 by ASME
Topics: Force , Linkages , Mechanisms
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