Dynamic Interactions of Link Elasticity and Clearance Connections in Planar Mechanical Systems

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S. Dubowsky

University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.

T. N. Gardner

Mechanics Research Inc., Los Angeles, Calif.

J. Eng. Ind 97(2), 652-661 (May 01, 1975) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438630 History: Received June 27, 1974; Online July 15, 2010


This study is an investigation of the effects of clearances and link flexibility on the stresses in joints of high speed mechanisms. A general large angular motion mathematical model is developed using an efficient mathematical formulation based on displacement functions. Numerical solution of the model reveals that over a wide operating range, link flexibility consistently reduces joint bearing stresses. The possibility of developing simple design procedures for quantitative prediction of joint bearing stresses is discussed.

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