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An Algorithm for the Enumeration of Serial and/or Parallel Combinations of Kinematic Building Blocks

[+] Author Affiliations
Hong-Sen Yan, Feng-Ming Ou, Ming-Feng Tang

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Paper No. DETC2004-57295, pp. 773-779; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2004-57295
From:
  • ASME 2004 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 28th Biennial Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, September 28–October 2, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4695-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3742-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME

abstract

An algorithm is presented, based on graph theory, for enumerating all feasible serial and/or parallel combined mechanisms from the given rotary or translational power source and specific kinematic building blocks. Through the labeled out-tree representations for the configurations of combined mechanisms, the enumeration procedure is developed by adapting the algorithm for the enumeration of trees. A rotary power source and four kinematic building blocks: a crank-rocker linkage, a rack-pinion, a double-slider mechanism, and a cam-follower mechanism, are chosen as the combination to illustrate the algorithm. And, two examples are provided to validate the algorithm.

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