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Paper accepted: 00.00.2011

**OPTIMIZATION OF KINEMATIC CHARACTERISTICS OF GENEVA MECHANISM
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A. Nikolic1* - R. Bulatovic2 Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Kraljevo, Dositejeva 19, 36000 Kraljevo, Serbia 2 Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Kraljevo, Dositejeva 19, 36000 Kraljevo, Serbia

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In this paper, the possibility of introducing variable angular velocity of a driving wheel is considered, with the purpose of optimization of kinematical characteristics of Geneva mechanism. The purpose is to reduce the rise that occurs at angular acceleration of Geneva wheel during engagement and disengagement, while angular velocity of the driving wheel remains limited. Kinematical analysis of this mechanism is performed. Expressions for angular velocity and angular acceleration of Geneva wheel are obtained. Optimization of the polynomial parameters of the law of the rotation angle of the driving wheel is performed. Keywords: Geneva mechanism, optimization, driving wheel, acceleration, kinematical analysis.

0 INTRODUCTION

In designing various machines and devices, the need for implementation of motion with intermittent motion often occurs, where the relation between operating time and time of inaction is a given size. This kind of motion can be implemented by using Geneva mechanism. The basic division of these mechanisms is into mechanisms with external and internal coupling, even though they can also be spherical, where axes of inlet and outlet shaft are passing by perpendicularly. Without the loss of generality, we will consider kinematical characteristics of Geneva mechanism with external coupling, which is most frequently considered in scientific papers. This mechanism is not appropriate for use when angular velocities of the driving wheel are high because then the rise of angular acceleration of Geneva wheel occurs during engagement and disengagement from a coupling with the driving wheel. Many papers are dedicated to solving this problem. Fenton [2] presented a method based on graphs for calculating the forces and torques acting on various parts of the mechanism. Fenton and Wu [3] calculated the dynamic, static forces and deformations of the Geneva wheel using the finite element method. Fenton et al. [4] transformed the slots of a Geneva wheel to a curved shape and eliminated the non-zero initial and final

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accelerations. Takanashi [5, 6] analyzed the error of the output motion induced by the manufacturing tolerances and clearances. Cheng C., Yui L., [7] suggested that nonlinear elastic element is introduced between the pin on a driving wheel and slot wall of Geneva wheel, in order to reduce the rise of acceleration that occurs. Sujan ad Meggiolaro [8] modified driving wheel of this mechanism, that is, four-bar linkage was introduced instead, in order to provide an appropriate variable entry by choosing the lengths of the wheels of this mechanism. Lee and Cho used optimal control method to improve kinematic characteristics of Geneva wheel [9]. Heidari et all [1] used the idea of variable input velocity of the mechanism in order to obtain the desired kinematical characteristics of the mechanism. They assumed that the law of rotation angle of the driving wheel could be written in the form of the 7th degree polynomial, so by using genetic algorithm they conducted the optimization of parameters of this polynomial in order to obtain the reduction of the maximum of angular acceleration of Geneva wheel, as well as a jerk that occurs then. However, as far as angular velocity of the driving wheel is concerned, the authors did not introduce limitations. In this paper, optimization will be conducted, with the purpose of reducing the angular acceleration of Geneva wheel, and the attention will be paid that angular acceleration of the driving wheel is within the corresponding

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Corr. Author's Address: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Kraljevo, Dositejeva 19, Kraljevo, Serbia, E-mail: aco_nikolic@yahoo.com

1 Geneva mechanism with four slots The number of slots z can be from 3 to 15. (8) 2 π & & α (t ) = A( T ) . dα & dA π & α (t ) = . t ∈ [0. and a very large torque is required to drive the wheel.-Bulatovic. (6) τ α A= . 1. α ∈ [0.τ ] .HM 2011.VII Triennial International Conference HEAVY MACHINERY . By differentiation of expression (3) according to time. It is because the length of the driving wheel needs to be small. R. By including relations (8). No 1. and slotted wheel 3 which contains z equally spaced radial slots. 1 shows basic geometrical sizes of this mechanism. boundaries. a − l cos α (2) π cos A − λ λπ & 2 Ωk = A . expression for angular acceleration of Geneva wheel is obtained: &= & cos α − λ & ε k = β& λα 1 + λ 2 − 2λ cos α 1− λ2 & − λα 2 sin α . (7) π /2 According to the relations (6) and (7). (9). respectively. The achieved results will be compared to the results obtained in the paper [1]. StartPage-EndPage. (10) into expressions (3) and (5).5 and 0. that is: (4) λ= l l 2 = = . KINEMATICAL ANALYSIS Basic elements of Geneva mechanism are driving wheel 1 with pin 2. Fig. but mechanisms with more than 9 slots are seldom used. A. PQ O2 Q = l sin α . Volume7(2011).slot mechanism.1 and A(T) between -0. It can be observed: tg β = that is. Without loss of generality. the following is obtained: Fig. that is. and Ek .5. a − l cos α (1) β = arctg l sin α . 2τ π 2 1 + λ − 2λ cos A 2 π cos A − λ λπ & 2 & Εk = 2 A − 2τ π 2 1 + λ − 2λ cos A 2 (11) Angular velocity of Geneva wheel is: dβ cos α − λ & ωk = = λα . the following applies: π α (t ) = A ( T ) . . dt dT 2 Therefore. 2 ( 1 + λ 2 − 2λ cos α ) (5) Let's define following dimensionless parameters: t T= . a l 2 2 1 − λ2 π & π −λ A sin A . A(T ) = . (10) 2τ where. ] . O1 P ⊥ O2 P . dt 1 + λ 2 − 2λ cos α (3) where λ is obtained on the basis of condition that at the beginning of coupling a shock does not occur. are hypersensitive to the variation of angular rotation 2 Nikolic. we are to consider kinematical characteristics of the 4. (9) 2τ π & & & & α (t ) = 2 A ( T ) . T vary between 0. (12) 2 2τ 2 π 2 1 + λ − 2λ cos A 2 2 From previous expressions it is obvious that angular velocity and angular acceleration of Geneva wheel Ω k .

Kraljevo.33785T 6 + 0. We are to assume that the law of rotation angle of the driving wheel can be written in the form of 7th degree polynomial: A(T ) = ∑ aiT i . It can guide us to use input angular displacement to control output characteristics. i =0 7 needs to satisfy conditions.4501T + 1. angular acceleration of Geneva wheel needs to be obtained at the beginning of coupling and as low as possible. so therefore.HM 2011. Aside from that. & A(1) = 0. 1.5%.HEAVY MACHINERY . StartPage-EndPage ISBN 978-86-82631-45-3 Paper accepted: 00. the optimization of engagement polynomial parameter is conducted with the purpose of reducing the chosen acceleration of Geneva wheel. In paper [1]. Dositejeva 19.19029T 5 + 1. For that reason.2992T 3 − 2 (18) 1. the occurrence of the shock is not possible. 3 Kinematical characteristics of Geneva wheel before and after optimization 3 Corr. & A(0) = 0. .6T − 0.5% and angular acceleration for 32.5.2 Angular acceleration and angular velocity of Geneva wheel It is obvious that angular acceleration at the beginning and at the end of coupling is not equal to zero.00.1 Variable angular velocity of the driving wheel It turned out that introducing of variable angular velocity of the driving wheel is efficient method for improvement of kinematical characteristics of the mechanism. E-mail: aco_nikolic@yahoo. The obtained results are presented in the figure 3. where A = 1. The authors obtained reduction of maximum value of angular velocity for 40.2011 A(T ) . Fig. A(0) = −0.com . the equation (13) * Fig. the following boundary (14) (15) (16) (17) 2 OPTIMIZATION (13) Figure 2 shows angular acceleration and & angular speed of Geneva wheel.65735T 7 − 1.63741T 4 − 0.5. Serbia. A(1) = 0. Author's Address: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Kraljevo. The law of angular change of the driving wheel is obtained in the following form: A(T ) = 0.5.

(15). It is observed that the driving wheel acceleration reaches the values E p (1) = 6. The obtained results are satisfying. Boundary values of polynomial parameters After conducted optimization procedure.parameters of algorithm are: NP=70 (population size). optimization is considered by setting up two criterial functions.1 Multicriteria optimization In this paper. we are to form the final objective function in the form: * f = f1 ( Ek − Ek ) + f 2 ( E p − E p* ).6 (mutation constant) and D=7 (the number of projective variables ). Likewise. Firstly.971799T 5 + 1. StartPage-EndPage. We are to conduct the new optimization procedure with the purpose of accomplishing reduction of angular acceleration Ek (T ) with the condition that inlet angular acceleration is E p (T ) < 5 [ s −2 ]. A. Initial values of upper and lower variable boundaries are represented in Table 1. i ai min ai max 1 -2 2 2 -2 2 3 -2 2 4 -2 2 5 -2 2 6 -2 2 7 -2 2 Table 1. (20) 4 Nikolic. The figure 4 shows kinematical characteristics of the driving wheel accomplished after the optimization. Values of these objective functions should be minimum in order to achieve better kinematical characteristics. which gives very efficient solution to the problem. is used during the optimization. 12].781195T 6 − 0. we are to obtain the law of rotation angle of the driving wheel in the following form: A(T ) = 0.CR=0. and the other angular acceleration of the driving wheel.442468T 2 + 0. 4 Kinematical characteristics of the driving wheel after the optimization 2.2 [ s −2 ]. Optimization parameters are polynomial coefficients that are used for defining the law of rotation angle of the driving wheel. and after that.HM 2011. and Ek and E p are the functions of projective variables that ensue from the equation (13).733520T 7 − 0. F= 0. * (19) * whereby Ek and E p are desired values of angular acceleration of Geneva wheel and driving wheel.VII Triennial International Conference HEAVY MACHINERY . one representing angular acceleration of Geneva wheel. Constraints are represented in the form of the equations (14).077826T 3 + 0. (16) and (17).-Bulatovic.699640T − 0. Fig.9 (intersection constant ). No 1. In this paper the algorithm of Differential evolution (DE) [11.875107T 4 − 1. .5. R. Volume7(2011). we are going to determine minimum values of each objective function.

that is. for 22. that is .8 [ s −1 ] to 3. Dositejeva 19. This fact is very significant.HEAVY MACHINERY . before and after conducted optimization. Author's Address: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Kraljevo. Besides that. for 10. 6 represents comparative view of optimization results that are conducted in the paper [1] and in this paper. but the intensity of angular acceleration at the beginning of coupling is three times lower in the case of the second optimization. E-mail: aco_nikolic@yahoo.4 [ s −2 ] .2011 Besides. * Fig. while maximum value of angular acceleration is decreased from the original 13.25 [ s −2 ] to 11.for 22. 6 The comparison of the optimization results 3.4 [ s −2] for 14%. maximum value of angular acceleration of the driving wheel is decreased from previous 6. Kraljevo.6 % .8 [ s −2 ] that is.HM 2011. Serbia.6 %. by using optimization in this paper it is achieved that maximum value of angular acceleration of the driving wheel is lower for 1. because the shocks at the beginning of coupling are significantly avoided by that.2 [ s −2 ] to 4. It is clear that by optimization in the paper [1] lower extreme values of angular velocity and angular acceleration of Geneva wheel are obtained. Fig. 5 represents kinematical characteristics of Geneva wheel. StartPage-EndPage ISBN 978-86-82631-45-3 Paper accepted: 00. Fig.00.com . 5 Kinematical characteristics of Geneva wheel before and after the optimization Fig.4 [ s −1 ] .52 %. Maximum value of angular velocity is decreased from 3. CONCLUSION Based on the conducted optimization procedure we can observe that relatively small demands for reduction of maximum value of inlet 5 Corr.

Design 113.. JSME 16. McGRAWHILL. no. 119-129. World Academy of Science. these results are significant when for some reason angular acceleration of the driving wheel needs to be reduced. C. K. 387-395. ProQuest Science Journals pg..HM 2011. R. [7] Cheng.6%) maximum values of angular velocity (48%) of Geneva wheel increase when compared to the conducted procedure of optimization in the paper 1. J. pp. M. Improving kinematic and structural performance of Geneva mechanism using the optimal control method. “Optimization of Kinematic Characteristic of Geneva Mechanism by Genetic Algorithm”. Takanashi. C. B. Storn. A. JSME 16. Wu.-Y. REFERENCES [1] M. Trans. 6 Nikolic. C. 30. Theory. Marco A. B. 37. (1997). J.-Bulatovic. [9] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [10] R. 7. Takanashi. 1995. 341359.VII Triennial International Conference HEAVY MACHINERY . Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. No 1. A. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcesete.L. Heidari. 177182 (1965). 115-118 (1988). given that the initial angular acceleration of Geneva wheel is considerably lower. [11] Storn. Price. Mech. R. Cho. Lee. Price. Fenton. Y. R. J. MA 02139. A. . Zahiri. Fenton. Journal of Global Optimization 11 (4) . “Dynamic Optimization of Geneva Mechanisms”. R. However. Lampinen. G. SpringerVerlag Berlin Heidelberg. [12] K. R. Engineering and Technology 44 2008. and H. Design of machinery (An introduction to the synthesis of the mechanism and machines). StartPage-EndPage.” Improving dynamic performance of the Geneva mechanism using non-linear spring elements” Mech. 2004. 761. http://www. Volume7(2011). Lin. acceleration (22. Machine Design. vol. 216. G. 2005. Xu. Norton. pp. Differential Evolution – A Practical Approach to Global Optimization. Mach. as well as that we can influence the reduction of maximal values of angular acceleration of the driving wheel. 1. [8] Vivek A. J.com/doc/54433408/C021 -UK00-Dynamic-Optimization-of-Geneva. Massachusetts. Fenton and Z. Differential evolution – a simple and efficient heuristic for global optimization over continuous spaces.scribd. 40-45 (1991) A. V. Zhang and "J. 1401-1409 (1973). third edition. 1755-1766 (1973). G. M. Zohoor. 4. 2002. of CSME 12.

Dositejeva 19. E-mail: aco_nikolic@yahoo. StartPage-EndPage ISBN 978-86-82631-45-3 Paper accepted: 00.com 7 .00.HM 2011. Author's Address: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Kraljevo.HEAVY MACHINERY .2011 * Corr. Serbia. Kraljevo.

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