RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanisms Papers

Three-Dimensional Balancing of the Stiller-Smith Mechanism for Application to an Eight-Cylinder IC Engine

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J. E. Smith, A. D. McKisic, R. Craven, J. Prucz

339 Engineering Sciences Bldg., West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 111(4), 459-464 (Dec 01, 1989) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3259021 History: Received July 01, 1987; Online November 19, 2009


The Stiller-Smith Mechanism employs a double cross-slider to convert linear reciprocating motion into rotational motion. It has previously been shown that a four-cylinder configuration utilizing this motion conversion device can be balanced in two dimensions. The inherent planar nature of this mechanism makes it possible to produce a compact, eight-cylinder configuration for use as an internal combustion engine which is balanced in three dimensions. This paper develops and presents the necessary requirements for such a balanced engine. Relative merits of various configurations are discussed and analytical results of different balancing schemes are presented.

Copyright © 1989 by ASME
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