By synthesizing a mechanism to govern the deflection of a linear spring, this paper presents a method to generate a specified elastic potential energy function. This synthesis approach, termed Elastic Potential Synthesis, can be employed to modify machine dynamics and therefore reduce actuator force/torque requirements. The design method presented is based on a system energy model. The maximum number of synthesis precision points are identified for both tension/compression and torsional springs. Examples are presented which demonstrate the power of this methodology.
Elastic Potential Synthesis—A Generalized Procedure for Dynamic Synthesis of Machine and Mechanism Systems
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Idlani, S., Streit, D. A., and Gilmore, B. J. (September 1, 1993). "Elastic Potential Synthesis—A Generalized Procedure for Dynamic Synthesis of Machine and Mechanism Systems." ASME. J. Mech. Des. September 1993; 115(3): 568–575. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2919227
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