RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanisms Papers

Synthesis of Pareto Optimal Four-Bar Function Generators With Optimum Structural Error and Optimum Transmission Angles

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J. T. Pugh

Instrument Research and Development, Ames Divison of Miles Laboratories, Mishawaka, IN 46544

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 106(4), 437-443 (Dec 01, 1984) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3258591 History: Received June 13, 1984; Online November 19, 2009


The four-bar function generator solution domain is systematically searched-for mechanisms which exhibit at the same time minimum structural error and the best transmission angles. First, synthesis equations are developed. Then the boundary of the solution domain is defined in terms of the permissible angular changes of the coupler link. The concept of Pareto minima is used to identify potential optimal solutions from a representative sample generated over the solution domain. The procedure is illustrated with an example.

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