Analog Simulation of Rigid Link Mechanisms

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R. F. Timm

Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

J. Eng. Ind 89(2), 199-204 (May 01, 1967) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3610026 History: Received June 28, 1966; Online August 25, 2011


This paper describes a procedure for simulating rigid link mechanisms on an analog computer. The computer circuit enables one to record all kinematic variables, i.e., displacements, velocities, and accelerations, for any point on the mechanism using conventional, commercially available computing elements. Also included in the paper is a scaled analog circuit for simulating velocities and displacements for the four-bar linkage, along with records of these parameters from the author’s simulation.

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