A Spring-Actuated, Cam-Follower System: Design Theory and Experimental Results

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P. Barkan, R. V. McGarrity

General Electric Co., Power Transmission Division, Philadelphia, Pa.

J. Eng. Ind 87(3), 279-286 (Aug 01, 1965) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3670810 History: Received July 17, 1964; Online December 08, 2011


An improved technique for the design synthesis of a spring-actuated, cam-follower system is described. Long-hand calculations and a simple graphical technique suffice to design a system to meet prescribed dynamic performance characteristics. By analysis of a simplified model, the response of the system to the impact accompanying take-up of clearance is related to four dimensionless parameters. A comparison of theory and tests on one design substantiate the utility of the synthesis technique and also provide additional insights into the dynamic behavior of such systems.

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