Gross Motion Attributes of Certain Spatial Mechanisms

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E. M. Jenkins, F. R. E. Crossley

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.

K. H. Hunt

Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia

J. Eng. Ind 91(1), 83-90 (Feb 01, 1969) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3591557 History: Received July 01, 1968


A new method is presented by which positions of peculiar kinematic interest, such as ends of travel, locking positions and points of “uncertainty,” in certain types of spatial mechanisms can be readily ascertained. This method is based upon an analysis of the curves of intersection of the surfaces generated by points in the mechanisms, and is there related in such a manner as to render it useful both in determining the positiona interrelationships of components of the mechanisms, and in classifying the mechanism according to its motion.

Copyright © 1969 by ASME
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