Research Papers

Dynamic Optimization of Reactionless Four-Bar Linkages

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Qimi Jiang

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Laval University, Quebec, QC, G1V 0A6, Canadaqimi_j@yahoo.com

Clément M. Gosselin

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Laval University, Quebec, QC, G1V 0A6, Canadagosselin@gmc.ulaval.ca

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 132(4), 041006 (Jun 16, 2010) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4001337 History: Received July 30, 2009; Revised February 01, 2010; Published June 16, 2010; Online June 16, 2010

Reactionless mechanisms have many important applications because of their zero reaction forces and moments at the base. However, in most cases, these mechanisms consume more energy than their unbalanced counterparts. This paper focuses on analyzing the relationship between the needed input torque and the dynamic parameters of reactionless four-bar linkages. The objective is to minimize the needed input torque by optimizing the relevant dynamic parameters. The dynamic analysis shows that the needed input torque mainly depends on the mass of the link, which needs to be balanced. The results obtained can be applied to the design optimization and dynamic control of the devices such as parallel manipulators composed of reactionless four-bar linkages.

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Reactionless four-bar linkage—Type I

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Comparison of needed input torques

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Reactionless four-bar linkage with m1=m3

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Counterweight with different shapes: (a) extended cylinder, (b) sphere, and (c) perpendicular cylinder

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m1 as a function of l1

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Effect of length l1(l3) with different frequencies ω

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τ¯ as a function of m2

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Reactionless four-bar linkage—Type II

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Limit configurations

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τ as a function of t (Type II)

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τ as a function of t (unbalanced four-bar linkage)

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τ¯ as a function of m3

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Reactionless four-bar linkage—Type III

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τ as a function of t (Type III and its unbalanced counterpart)

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τ¯ as a function of m1

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Effect of length l1(l3) with different amplitudes θ3A: (a) θ3A=5 deg, (b) θ3A=15 deg, (c) θ3A=30 deg, (d) θ3A=45 deg, (e) θ3A=60 deg, and (f) θ3A=75 deg

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General four-bar linkage



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