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On the Extension of a Fourier Descriptor Based Method for Four-Bar Linkage Synthesis for Generation of Open and Closed Paths

[+] Author Affiliations
Jun Wu, Q. J. Ge

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Feng Gao, W. Z. Guo

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Paper No. DETC2010-29028, pp. 923-932; 10 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


In an earlier work, we have presented an efficient method for synthesizing crank-rocker mechanisms that are capable of generating perceptually simple and smooth low-harmonic closed curves. In this paper, we seek to extend this approach to the synthesis of four-bar linkages for the generation of open curves. Instead of using Fourier transform that requires a function to be defined over the entire period, we combine finite Fourier series in a curve-fitting scheme for the approximation of periodic as well as non-periodic paths. This yields a general method for four-bar path generation that is applicable to both closed and open paths.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Linkages



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