Acceleration Axes in Spherical Kinematics

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O. Bottema

Technical University, Delft, Holland

J. Eng. Ind 87(2), 150-153 (May 01, 1965) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3670782 History: Received July 07, 1964; Online December 08, 2011


The concept of the acceleration center in plane kinematics is extended to spherical kinematics, i.e., to the motion of a body with a fixed point. The acceleration axes are defined as the lines through the fixed point O, to the points P, whose acceleration components perpendicular to OP vanish. It is shown that there are, in general, three such axes. Their location, reality, and geometric properties have been derived, including the velocity and acceleration distributions corresponding to these axes.

Copyright ┬ę 1965 by ASME
Topics: Kinematics , Motion
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