Research Papers

A Unified Formulation for Dimensional Synthesis of Stephenson Linkages

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Shaoping Bai

Department of Mechanical and
Manufacturing Engineering,
Aalborg University,
Aalborg 9220, Denmark
e-mail: shb@m-tech.aau.dk

Delun Wang, Huimin Dong

School of Mechanical Engineering,
Dalian University of Technology,
Dalian 116024, China

Manuscript received October 20, 2015; final manuscript received February 2, 2016; published online March 7, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Raffaele Di Gregorio.

J. Mechanisms Robotics 8(4), 041009 (Mar 07, 2016) (6 pages) Paper No: JMR-15-1305; doi: 10.1115/1.4032701 History: Received October 20, 2015; Revised February 02, 2016

The unified formulation of dimensional synthesis of Stephenson linkages for motion generation is the subject of this paper. Burmester theory is applied to the six-bar linkage, which leads to a unified formulation applicable for all three types of Stephenson linkages. This is made possible by virtue of parameterized position vectors, which simplify the formulation of synthesis equations. A design example is included to demonstrate the application of the method developed.

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Topics: Linkages
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Fig. 1

A Stephenson-III linkage. Three dyads, namely, dyads AB, CD, and EF are to be synthesized.

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Fig. 3

Two separated poses of link AG

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Fig. 4

The Stephenson-II linkage, where dyads AB, CD, and EF are to be synthesized

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Fig. 6

A Stephenson-II linkage synthesized: (a) CAD model and (b) a piece of coupler curve and points of visit

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Fig. 5

The Stephenson-I linkage, where dyads AB, CD, and EF are to be synthesized




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