RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanism Papers

A Bivariate Normal Model of Mechanism Coupler-Point Position

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G. R. Schade

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb. 68588

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 105(3), 599-605 (Sep 01, 1983) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3267402 History: Received March 01, 1982; Online November 19, 2009


A bivariate normal model of the coupler-point position of a four-bar linkage is presented. Elliptical confidence regions are established as a function of the statistical properties of the mechanism component dimensions. A measure of mechanism merit based on the probability of deviation from mean path is developed. The probabilistic models are verified by Monte Carlo techniques.

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