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RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanism Papers

An Experimental and Analytical Study of the Dynamic Response of a Linkage Fabricated from a Unidirectional Fiber-Reinforced Composite Laminate

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B. S. Thompson

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. 48224

D. Zuccaro

Structural Mechanics Consultants Corp., Southfield, Mich. 48075

D. Gamache

U.S. Tank Automotive Command, Warren, Mich. 48090

M. V. Gandhi

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 105(3), 526-533 (Sep 01, 1983) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3267391 History: Received June 10, 1982; Online November 19, 2009

Abstract

A large class of industrial machinery and commercial equipment is operated at high speed to satisfy the demands for high productivity. In order to further improve performance, it is proposed herein that the designer should consider fabricating the mechanism components in one of the commercially available composite materials because they offer many desirable characteristics with the promise of even higher speeds of operation. This paper presents an experimental and computational study of a flexible planar four-bar linkage fabricated from one of these composites. This fiber-reinforced material is modeled as an elastic solid by using a continuum theory which accommodates laminae with orthotropic properties, and differing densities, thicknesses, and elastic moduli. The theory is embodied in a variational theorem which serves as the basis for a finite element analysis of the mechanism.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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