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Enumeration of Circuit Breaker Mechanisms Through Boolean Functions

[+] Author Affiliations
Hrishikesh V. Deo

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

C. Amarnath

Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Mumbai, India

Paper No. DETC2005-85120, pp. 351-357; 7 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 29th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Long Beach, California, USA, September 24–28, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4744-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3766-1
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


An attempt has been made to evolve an approach for the synthesis of contact breaker mechanisms used in electrical switchgear. These mechanisms belong to a class of devices in which the input and output links (and other links of interest) occupy only two positions of primary interest and hence the devices could be looked upon as binary mechanical systems. In this paper we demonstrate that application of binary logic greatly simplifies the type synthesis of such binary mechanical systems.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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