Mechanisms and machines

Kuo Hung Hsiao, Kuo Hung Hsiao, Hong-Sen Yan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


A mechanism consists of mechanical members and joints in a prescribed way. A machine comprises one or more mechanisms, a power input, and an adequate control system, with an effective work output. This chapter presents the basic definitions of mechanisms and machines, characteristics of mechanical members and joints, representations of joints for mechanisms in ancient books, definitions of (generalized) kinematic chains, and the concept of constrained motion, for the presentations in the follow-up chapters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistory of Mechanism and Machine Science
PublisherSpringer Netherland
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

Publication series

NameHistory of Mechanism and Machine Science
ISSN (Print)1875-3442
ISSN (Electronic)1875-3426

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Mechanical Engineering


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