Structural synthesis of ancient Chinese foot-operated slanting loom

K. H. Hsiao, Y. H. Chen, P. Y. Tsai, H. S. Yan

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This study synthesizes the structures of the foot-operated slanting loom, which was depicted confusedly in many ancient Chinese literatures. Based on the analysis of mechanism, the structural characteristics and design constraints of the mechanism with uncertain members and joints are concluded. Then, according to the concepts of generalization and specialization subject to the concluded design constraints, all feasible structures of mechanism that met the technological standards of the subject's time period are reconstructed. This reconstruction process provides a logical foundation to better understanding, clarification, and suggestions for the issue of the ancient mechanical drawings with uncertain members and joints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2685-2699
Number of pages15
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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