Optimum Synthesis of Multiloop Planar Mechanisms for the Generation of Paths and Rigid-Body Positions by the Linear Partition of Design Equations

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D. H. Bhatia

Square D Company, Peru, Ind.

C. Bagci

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tenn.

J. Eng. Ind 99(1), 116-123 (Feb 01, 1977) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3439124 History: Received July 28, 1976; Online July 15, 2010


The optimum synthesis of multiloop planar mechanisms for the generation of paths and rigid-body positions employing the linear partition of the design equations is presented. Design equations and their applications for the optimum synthesis of the three distinct types of the Stephenson’s six-bar mechanism for the generation of paths and rigid-body positions are presented. The optimum sets of dimensions of a mechanism are determined by minimizing the error in the loop-closure equation of the path dyad and of the loops of the mechanism. Design equations having nine to twelve unknown dimensions are presented. Industrial applications of the design equations are illustrated with design examples.

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