Configuration synthesis of mechanisms with variable topologies

Hong Sen Yan, Chen Hsiung Kang

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A mechanism with multiple topological structures during the operation process is called a mechanism with variable topologies (MVT) or is called a variable chain. The kinematic joints whose types and/or motion orientations are changeable during the operation process of an MVT are called the variable joints. According to the fundamental concepts, simplified unified graph, coordinate sequence, and mobility criterion at each stage, a design methodology is proposed for the configuration synthesis of MVTs. Fundamental synthesizing corollaries are established first. The concept of the simplified unified graph that represents topological changes in an MVT is used to address the configurations of MVTs. A type of one step push-button stopper locks is used as illustrative examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)896-911
Number of pages16
JournalMechanism and Machine Theory
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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