Adjustable Mechanisms for Exact Path Generation

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F. J. Kay

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, Texas

R. E. Haws

Alcoa, Pittsburgh, Pa.

J. Eng. Ind 97(2), 702-707 (May 01, 1975) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438635 History: Received July 02, 1974; Online July 15, 2010


The generalized design equations for a path generating cam-link mechanism are developed. A cam-link provides a continually adjustable link that provides accuracy over a range of motion not available with coventional linkages. The design equations are used with an optimization scheme to satisfy a merit function based on cam pressure angle and drift angle. Examples are included that illustrate the capabilities of this synthesis technique.

Copyright © 1975 by ASME
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