An Improved Least-Squares Method for Designing Function-Generating Mechanisms

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G. H. Sutherland

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

B. Roth

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

J. Eng. Ind 97(1), 303-307 (Feb 01, 1975) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438554 History: Received March 13, 1974; Online July 15, 2010


An improved general theory for the least-squares synthesis of function-generating mechanisms is developed. This theory leads to a rapidly converging iterative-type algorithm, the use of which is illustrated by two planar four-bar examples. The theory and associated algorithms may be applied to the synthesis of any planar or spatial function-generating linkage.

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