Optimal Synthesis of Randomly Generated Linkages

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R. E. Garrett, A. S. Hall

Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.

J. Eng. Ind 90(3), 475-480 (Aug 01, 1968) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3604671 History: Received July 26, 1967; Online August 25, 2011


Departing somewhat from the classical techniques of mechanism synthesis, a design process is developed whereby the speed of the digital computer is a primary design criterion. By efficient use of basic input-output kinematic relationships and the computer’s random number generator, it is possible to obtain four or six-link mechanisms in a few minutes of computer time without any knowledge of synthesis techniques. Although the random approach is applied in this paper to the design of four-link and six-link function generators, it is an approach applicable to coupler-curve, multi-degree of freedom, and three-dimensional synthesis problems.

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