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RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanisms Papers

Mechanical Advantage of Single-Input and Multiple-Output Ports Mechanical Device

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A. Midha, A. S. Hall, I. Her, G. M. Bubel

School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 106(4), 462-469 (Dec 01, 1984) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3258595 History: Received June 13, 1984; Online November 19, 2009

Abstract

The mechanical advantage concept has long been used as a measure of design efficiency of mechanical systems, whose function it is to respond by exerting a certain amount of force at the output for a corresponding input force. The mechanical advantage of a device is characterized by a ratio of the output force to the input force, for the instant in consideration. Traditionally, only single-input and single-output port devices have been analyzed for mechanical advantage. The simplicity of such a configuration makes for tractable analysis by one or more methods available. This paper enunciates a more general mechanical device problem containing single-input and multiple-output ports. In particular, emphasis is placed on a single-input and functionally related multiple-output ports device. Its treatment facilitates efficient design of such a device, as exemplified in this paper.

Copyright © 1984 by ASME
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