Identifying and counting the number of mechanisms from kinematic chains subject to design constraints

Hong-Sen Yan, Chih Ching Hung

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Abstract

An approach is presented, based on combinatorial theory, for the complete enumeration of nonisomorphic mechanisms precisely from kinematic chains. And, based on the permutation groups, the concept of the generating function, and Polya's Theory, mathematical expressions are derived for counting the number of the identified mechanisms subject to the design constraints of the adjacent/incident relationship among links, joints, or links and joints. Examples are provided to illustrate the proposed approach. The results of this work can instead of the observation method to inspect the isomorphism for mechanisms; furthermore, all nonisomorphic mechanisms can be obtained exactly and systematically. Copyrigh

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1177-1182
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Volume128
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Sep 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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