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A Novel Synthesis Method for Three-Position Motion Generation With Planar Four-Bar Mechanisms

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Jianyou Han, Tong Yang

University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China

Paper No. DETC2012-70162, pp. 419-426; 8 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 36th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4503-5
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This paper deals with the three-position motion generation problem with two specific grounded link lengths. There are two infinities of solutions for selecting the two links on the derived contours of the link lengths. These points on the contours are circle points or center points. After one half of the basic four bar had been selected on the contour, two infinities of solutions remained. These solutions can be mapped in a plane to determine where the particular types of mechanisms occur. Furthermore after one half of the basic four bar had been selected on the contour, one infinity of solutions still remained on the other contour. This indicates two infinities of solutions are still remained for the two given link lengths. These contours can be displayed in the solution space in which the motion generation is defined. With these significant useful information the better mechanism can be obtained, which satisfies more design conditions. Expressions of the contours are derived. Two numerical examples are used for illustration, but the results can be applied to any three-position motion generation problem.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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