Abstract

In designing a crank rocker four bar mechanism with a uniform input rotation typical input parameters are the required total output oscillation angle and the timing ratio of the advance to return cycle time. In determining an optimum design the parameters of interest are usually the extreme transmission angles and the ratio of the longest to shortest link length occuring in the mechanism.

This work first develops an analytic construction of the link lengths and worst transmission angles based on the necessary geometry for a given output angle of oscillation and required timing ratio. The resulting equations are programmed and graphs developed which give the variation of extreme transmission angle and maximum link length ratio as a function of the specified output angle of oscillation, timing ratio, and geometric construction variables. Using these graphs a designer will be able to easily select optimum designs based on worst transmission angles and link length ratios. Examples are included.

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