RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Automation Papers

A State Space Technique for Optimal Design of Mechanisms

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V. N. Sohoni, E. J. Haug

Division of Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

J. Mech. Des 104(4), 792-798 (Oct 01, 1982) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3256438 History: Received June 28, 1981; Online November 17, 2009


Problems of optimal design of mechanisms are formulated in a state space setting that allows treatment of general design objectives and constraints. A constrained multi-element technique is employed for velocity, acceleration, and kineto-static analysis of mechanisms. An adjoint variable technique is employed to compute derivatives with respect to design of general cost and constraint functions involving kinematic, force, and design variables. A generalized steepest descent optimization algorithm is employed, using the design sensitivity analysis methods developed, as the basis for a general purpose kinematic system optimization algorithm. Two optimal design problems are solved to demonstrate effectiveness of the method.

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