Research Papers

Synthesis of the Four-Bar Linkage to Match Prescribed Velocity Ratios

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Philip Barkan, E. J. Tuohy

General Electric Company, Switchgear and Control Division, Philadelphia, Pa.

J. Eng. Ind 81(2), 169-175 (May 01, 1959) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4008287 History: Received July 15, 1958; Published May 01, 1959; Online February 20, 2019


A method is described for synthesizing a four-bar linkage in terms of its velocity ratio at two or three positions of the input crank. The two-point synthesis problem is readily solved by either graphical or longhand mathematical techniques. The method also lends itself to computer solution for the three-point synthesis problem and also for determining the best match of a desired function over a specified range of input crank motion.

Copyright © 1959 by ASME
Topics: Linkages , Computers
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