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The Robust Linkage Synthesis for Planar Rigid-Body Guidance

[+] Author Affiliations
Khalid Al-Widyan

Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan

Jorge Angeles

McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Paper No. DETC2010-28308, pp. 811-817; 7 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 34th Annual Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4410-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3881-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


The kinematic synthesis of planar motion generators in the presence of an incomplete set of finitely separated poses is the subject of this paper. Given that the planar rigid-body guidance problem in the realm of four-bar linkage synthesis can be solved exactly for up to five prescribed poses of the coupler link, any number of poses smaller than five is considered incomplete in this paper. The poses completing the set are determined so as to produce a robust linkage against variations in the unspecified poses. To this end, a theoretical framework for model-based robust design is invoked and a general methodology for robust kinematic synthesis is laid down. Robustness is needed in this context to overcome the presence of uncertainty due to the selection of the unprescribed poses, which many a time are left up to the mechanism designer’s judgment. To validate the concepts and illustrate the application of the methodology proposed here, an example is included.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
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