RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanism Papers

Minimization of Inertia-Induced Forces in Spherical Four-Bar Mechanisms. Part 1: The General Spherical Four-Bar Linkage

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G. S. Gill

Owens-Corning Fiberglas Technical Center, Granville, Ohio 43023

F. Freudenstein

Columbia University, New York, N.Y. 10027

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 105(3), 471-477 (Sep 01, 1983) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3267384 History: Received May 19, 1982; Online November 19, 2009


Computer-aided design procedures have been developed for the optimum mass distribution of the links of high-speed spherical four-bar linkages. The analysis, which includes a quadratic-programming technique, allows an optimum trade-off between shaking forces, shaking moments, bearing reactions, and input-torque fluctuation. The results are illustrated in the case of a Hooke joint and a wobble-plate linkage.

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