RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanisms Papers

Formulation of Dimensional Synthesis Procedures for Complex Planar Mechanisms

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D. G. Olson, A. G. Erdman, D. R. Riley

Productivity Center, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 109(3), 322-328 (Sep 01, 1987) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3258797 History: Received July 01, 1986; Online November 19, 2009


This paper presents an overview of a component-based approach for the dimensional synthesis of planar mechanisms. The components on which the approach is based are called triads, dyads, and free vectors, and can be synthesized for up to five precision positions. A straight-forward method for formulating dimensional synthesis procedures for arbitrarily complex planar mechanisms is developed, and demonstrated by an example using inspection. The method utilizes the concept of the directed graph, which is an enhancement of the usual graph theory representation of mechanisms. Because the method is based on graph theory, it is believed that it could be easily automated.

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