Date of Award

Fall 2008

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering - (Ph.D.)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

R. S. Sodhi

Second Advisor

Kevin Russell

Third Advisor

Bernard Koplik

Fourth Advisor

Zhiming Ji

Fifth Advisor

Sanchoy K. Das


In motion generation, the objective is to calculate the mechanism parameters required to achieve or approximate a set of prescribed rigid-body positions. This doctoral dissertation study is aimed to integrate the classical kinematic analysis of a planar four-bar and geared five-bar motion generation with three structural design constraints. These constraints consider driving link static torque, deflection of the crank and buckling of the follower for a given rigid-body load or constant external load.

This kineto-elastostatic analysis is based on the following assumptions to be considered during the analysis; the crank and the follower are elastic members and the coupler is rigid member, friction in the joints is neglected, link weights are neglected compared to a given rigid-body load or constant external load, the cross sectional properties of a link do not vary, and finally the mechanism is moving in quasi static condition.

By incorporating these constraints into conventional planar four-bar and five-bar motion generation models, mechanisms are synthesized to achieve-not only prescribed rigid-body positions-but also satisfy the above mentioned structural constraints for a given rigid-body load or constant external load.