Date of Award
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - (M.S.)
Ian Sanford Fischer
A novel technique for optimal synthesis of a planar four-bar function generator is presented. An indirect measure of structural error is used to formulate an objective function which, along with its derivatives, is straightforward to evaluate and results in an elegant and robust algorithm. Lagrange multipliers are used to incorporate the loop closure constraint into the objective function.
In this thesis, the formulation of the objective function and the minimization algorithm are described, examples are presented, and the virtues and shortcomings of the algorithm are discussed.
Ellis, Robert, "Optimal synthesis of a planar four-bar function generator based on imderect measure of structural error" (1998). Theses. 927.