Title: Simulation of repetitive mechanisms using modular kinematics

Authors: P.A. Simionescu

Addresses: Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, 6300 Ocean Dr., Unit 5797, Corpus Christi, Texas, 78412, USA

Abstract: Simulations of several repetitive mechanisms, some of them considered difficult to perform, have been done relatively easily using for loops and the MeKin2D modular-kinematics subroutines. These simulations include generation of multiple couple-curves, wicked-vane and aperture mechanisms, feathering paddlewheels, radial engines and a folding pop riveter. For the former two mechanisms, in addition to motion simulation, shaking-force and mechanical-advantage analyses have also been performed, respectively. For a better understanding of the computer implementations of these simulations, their source code is also provided as an Appendix to the paper.

Keywords: Assur groups; modular kinematics; repetitive mechanisms; motion simulation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMRS.2021.115136

International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems, 2021 Vol.5 No.1/2, pp.143 - 167

Received: 01 Aug 2018
Accepted: 15 Sep 2018

Published online: 08 May 2021 *

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