The Stiller-Smith Mechanism employs a double cross-slider to convert linear reciprocating motion into rotational motion. It has previously been shown that a four-cylinder configuration utilizing this motion conversion device can be balanced in two dimensions. The inherent planar nature of this mechanism makes it possible to produce a compact, eight-cylinder configuration for use as an internal combustion engine which is balanced in three dimensions. This paper develops and presents the necessary requirements for such a balanced engine. Relative merits of various configurations are discussed and analytical results of different balancing schemes are presented.
Three-Dimensional Balancing of the Stiller-Smith Mechanism for Application to an Eight-Cylinder IC Engine
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Smith, J. E., McKisic, A. D., Craven, R., and Prucz, J. (December 1, 1989). "Three-Dimensional Balancing of the Stiller-Smith Mechanism for Application to an Eight-Cylinder IC Engine." ASME. J. Mech., Trans., and Automation. December 1989; 111(4): 459–464. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3259021
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