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Synthesis of a Reconfigurable Four-Bar Mechanism With Variable Joints

[+] Author Affiliations
Brian J. Slaboch, Philip A. Voglewede

Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Paper No. DETC2014-34924, pp. V05AT08A064; 5 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


This article introduces a reconfigurable four-bar mechanism. The mechanism uses a rotational-translational variable joint to switch between a RRRR four-bar and a RRRP1 four-bar. The ability to transition between two types of four-bar mechanisms allows the reconfigurable four-bar mechanism to complete a rigid body guidance task not possible by either a RRRR four-bar mechanism or a RRRP four-bar mechanism. The reconfigurable mechanism reduces the number of required actuators in the mechanism.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Actuators , Switches



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