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Five Position Synthesis of a Slider-Crank Function Generator

[+] Author Affiliations
Mark M. Plecnik, J. Michael McCarthy

University of California, Irvine, CA

Paper No. DETC2011-47581, pp. 317-324; 8 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 35th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5483-9
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


In this paper, we present a synthesis procedure for the coupler link of a planar slider-crank linkage in order to coordinate input by a linear actuator with the rotation of an output crank. This problem can be formulated in a manner similar to the synthesis of a five position RR coupler link. It is well-known that the resulting equations can produce branching solutions that are not useful. This is addressed by introducing tolerances for the input and output values of the specified task function. The proposed synthesis procedure is then executed on two examples. In the first example, a survey of solutions for tolerance zones of increasing size is conducted. In this example we find that a tolerance zone of 5% of the desired full range results in a number of useful task functions and usable slider-crank function generators. To demonstrate the use of these results, we present an example design for the actuator of the shovel of a front-end loader.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Generators



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