Synthesis of Spring Parameters to Satisfy Specified Energy Levels in Planar Mechanisms

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G. K. Matthew

Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

D. Tesar

Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

J. Eng. Ind 99(2), 341-346 (May 01, 1977) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3439223 History: Received June 22, 1976; Online July 15, 2010


The potential energy storage capabilities of linear springs are integrated with the nonlinear motion of mechanisms to provide approximation of desired counter-loading functions. The approximating function is required to be identical to the desired function at a number of precision points. The work is directly analogous to the algebraic form of kinematic synthesis, thus enabling an immediate conceptual grasp by those already familiar with kinematics.

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