RESEARCH PAPERS: Other Technical Papers

On Predicting the Dynamic Effects of Clearances in Planar Mechanisms

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S. Dubowsky

School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.

J. Eng. Ind 96(1), 317-323 (Feb 01, 1974) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438320 History: Received July 20, 1972; Online July 15, 2010


The presence of clearances in mechanisms can result in the degradation of the performance of these devices. This question is investigated analytically with particular attention paid to the response of a slider-crank with clearances. The use of a simple model to predict the effects of clearances in planar mechanisms without the need for complex and exhaustive analysis is considered. It is shown that such a model, called an impact pair, will provide adequate design information for considering the effects of clearances.

Copyright © 1974 by ASME
Topics: Mechanisms , Design
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