Abstract

Synthesis of rigid-body mechanisms has traditionally been motivated by the design for kinematic requirements such as rigid-body motions, paths or functions. A blend of the latter two leads to timed curve synthesis, the goal of which is to produce a path coordinated to the input of a joint variable. This approach has utility for altering the transmission of forces and velocities from an input joint onto an output point path. The design of timed curve generators can be accomplished by setting up a square system of algebraic equations and obtaining all isolated solutions. For a four-bar linkage, obtaining these solutions is routine. The situation becomes much more complicated for the six-bar linkages, but the range of possible output motions is more diverse. The computation of nearly complete solution sets for these six-bar design equations has been facilitated by recent root finding techniques belonging to the field of numerical algebraic geometry. In particular, we implement a method that uses random monodromy loops. In this work, we report these solution sets to all relevant six-bars of the Stephenson topology. The computed solution sets to these generic problems represent a design library which can be used in a parameter continuation step to design linkages for different subsequent requirements.

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