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A Formal Text Description of Mechanisms for Their Automated Synthesis

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Oleg Dmitrochenko

Bryansk State Technical University, Bryansk, Russia

Marko Matikainen, Aki Mikkola

Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland

Paper No. DETC2014-34486, pp. V05AT08A055; 11 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5A: 38th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4636-0
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


A single-line symbolic notation is proposed for description of an arbitrary mechanism or a multibody system. The kinematics is represented by a sequence of elementary transformations; each of those being marked by a reserved alphabetic character. Force and constraint links between the bodies are also defined by reserved characters. The parameters of the system, such as identifiers of degrees of freedom, inertia parameters and others, are assigned default names if not specified. However, user-defined names, parameters and functions can be placed instead, if needed. The proposed description in its shortest form is suitable for academic purpose to identify only the essential properties of a multibody system. In an extended form, by explicit mentioning names of variables and parameters and other data like initial conditions, this description can serve as input data for multibody analysis software. Examples from academic area and technical applications are given to show the applicability of the proposed description.

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