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RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Automation Papers

An Analytical Method for Computing the Instant Centers, Centrodes, Inflection Circles, and Centers of Curvature of the Centrodes by Successively Grounding Each Link

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B. J. Gilmore, R. J. Cipra

School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. 47907

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 105(3), 407-414 (Sep 01, 1983) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3267375 History: Received June 15, 1982; Online November 19, 2009

Abstract

An analytical method is presented for determining the instant centers, centrodes, inflection circles, and centers of curvature of the centrodes of a mechanism. The method uses the vector loop and kinematic coefficient concepts and is applicable to any mechanism which can be represented by vector loops. A modified vector loop approach includes the idea of mechanism inversion to obtain relative kinematic coefficients, thus eliminating the need for recalculating them. A computer program was written incorporating the method, and examples are given.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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