RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanisms Papers

An Application of Dual Graphs to the Automatic Generation of the Kinematic Structures of Mechanisms

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Wayne J. Sohn, Ferdinand Freudenstein

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 108(3), 392-398 (Sep 01, 1986) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3258745 History: Received July 01, 1986; Online November 19, 2009


Through the use of dual graphs, a powerful new representation of the kinematic structure of mechanisms has been developed. This permits the development of a highly efficient completely automatic procedure for the computer-generated enumeration of the kinematic structures of mechanisms. As an example, the kinematic structures of one, two and three-degree-of-freedom plane bar linkages with up to four independent loops have been enumerated on a personal computer.

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