RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanisms Papers

On the Minimum Number of Counterweights for Multi-Loop Spatial Linkages

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Q.-X. Zhang, N.-X. Chen

Research Division for Spatial Mechanisms and Robotics, Beijing Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Beijing, The People’s Republic of China

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 107(4), 526-528 (Dec 01, 1985) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3260758 History: Received July 12, 1984; Online November 19, 2009


This paper offers extensions to the force-balancing theory and the techniques of spatial linkages given in [9-12]. It incorporates another technique for determining the minimum number of counterweights needed for a full balance and discusses the minimum number of counterweights without attachment to any common floating link of loops. Some examples are given to illustrate the application of these results.

Copyright © 1985 by ASME
Topics: Linkages , Force
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