An Analytical Method for Synthesizing the Four-Bar Crank-Rocker Mechanism

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F. Y. Chen

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

J. Eng. Ind 91(1), 45-54 (Feb 01, 1969) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3591553 History: Received June 18, 1968


An algebraic method is presented for synthesizing the four-bar crank-rocker mechanisms in general, with the offset slider-crank mechanism as a special case, for coordinating the prescribed input and output link extreme positions. Solutions to the equations of constraint are derived for different cases. Among a large number of the available solutions, an optimal design is governed by a given parameter which is determined based on a design criterion. Numerous examples are provided.

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