Research Papers

Four-Bar Linkages—Approximate Synthesis

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W. W. Worthley

Pratt and Whitney, Division United Aircraft Corporation, West Palm Beach, Fla.

R. T. Hinkle

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.

J. Eng. Ind 81(4), 293-296 (Nov 01, 1959) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4008320 History: Received June 17, 1958; Published November 01, 1959; Online February 20, 2019


An analytical method for synthesizing a four-bar linkage as a function generator is presented. The method, which permits the arbitrary selection of four precision points and finite angular ranges, is based on a graphical solution. This permits a preliminary graphical investigation of the six possible linkages before selecting one for analytical treatment.

Copyright © 1959 by ASME
Topics: Linkages , Generators
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