A Survey of Optimization Methods Applied to the Design of Mechanisms

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R. R. Root, K. M. Ragsdell

School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

J. Eng. Ind 98(3), 1036-1041 (Aug 01, 1976) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438999 History: Received June 06, 1975; Online July 15, 2010


A complete survey of the application of optimization techniques to the design of mechanisms is given. The survey begins with the work of Da Vinci, Newton, and Chebychev and progresses to the most contemporary contributors including Freudenstein, Tomas, Siddall, Fox, Gupta, and Tesar. An effort is made to be complete and to show the complimentary development of the two important fields of optimization and mechanism synthesis.

Copyright © 1976 by ASME
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