RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanisms Papers

Analysis of Elastic Machinery With Clearances

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R. C. Winfrey

Burroughs Corp., Westlake Village, Calif.

R. V. Anderson

Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, Mass.

C. W. Gnilka

Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pa.

J. Eng. Ind 95(3), 695-703 (Aug 01, 1973) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438212 History: Received July 07, 1972; Online July 15, 2010


Previous work on the analysis of elastic link mechanisms has been enlarged upon so as to include the effect of intermittent separation and impact between members. A cam-driven valve train is used as an example to demonstrate the methods for analyzing an elastic machine with clearances. Also demonstrated is a method for bookkeeping, or keeping track of the various configurations which the machine can assume due to the clearances. The methods presented here are sufficiently general to be applied to a variety of machinery; however, a cam-driven valve train was selected as an example because (1) it could be represented by a relatively simple elastic model, thus reducing the size of the computer program, and (2) an essentially constant geometry could be assumed, thus saving considerable computational time.

Copyright © 1973 by ASME
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