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Intelligent Mechanisms

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Meng-Sang Chew

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Richard W. Longman

Columbia University, New York, NY

Minh Q. Phan

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Paper No. DETC2004-57553, pp. 1395-1406; 12 pages
  • 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


An intelligent mechanism is a traditional mechanism that incorporates within it, elements of intelligence both at the design stage. Thepurpose is to increase the operational envelop of the original meachanism so that it can now exhibit some from of learning, adapting, or responding to changes in the environment or new operating conditions. Since mechanisms are usually designed for repetitive motions, the application of intelligence that makes specific use of repetitive characteristics will markedly improve the functionality of the mechanisms. This is particularly true if the mechanisms have been incorporated with such intelligence at the early stages of design. This article develops the concept of an intelligent mechanism through the application of Iterative Learning Control and Repetitive Control methodologies to several traditional mechanisms. These range from the simple slider-crank and four-bar linkage to timing belts.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Mechanisms



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