On the number synthesis of kinematic chains

Hong Sen Yan, Yu Ting Chiu

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Number synthesis of kinematic chains is one of the major steps in the structural synthesis or conceptual design of mechanisms. The work presents a comprehensive literature review on the number synthesis of kinematic chains of mechanisms. The terminology and definitions regarding kinematic chains in literature are introduced first. Then, various methods for the number synthesis of kinematic chains are presented and discussed. Finally, the numbers of kinematic chains with up to 15 links and 7 degrees of freedom are listed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-144
Number of pages17
JournalMechanism and Machine Theory
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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