Document Type


Date of Award

Fall 10-31-1992

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - (M.S.)


Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

First Advisor

Ian Sanford Fischer

Second Advisor

Rajesh N. Dave

Third Advisor

Anthony D. Rosato


A Multiloop spatial system of rotations is used to represent a shaft coupling, allowing a transmission plane which may deviate from the plane of symmetry to be specified. The plane of transmission, for intersecting input and output shaft axes, is the locus of intersections of screw axes that compose the system. By prescribing the transmission plane outside of the plane of symmetry (commonly called the "homokinetic plane" or "bisecting plane") to pecified orientations, a phase shift between the input and output shaft rotational displacements will he quantified. The rotational phase shift between the input and output shafts can be evaluated for a series of configurations to classify the critical deviations from constant-velocity transmission as a function of the transmission plane location.