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KINEMATICS is the branch of physics that

studies the motion of a body or a system of

bodies without consideration given to its mass
or the forces acting on it.
A 4-bar linkage mechanism has a crank that rotates at a
constant angular speed. The crank is connected to the
coupler which is connected to the follower. The frame does
not move.
coupler
crank
follower

frame
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S+L<P+Q
where S = length of the shortest link
L = length of longest link
P and Q are the lengths of the two remaining links.
1. Crank-Rocker : a Grashof linkage where the shortest link is the

4. Crank-Crank : a Grashof linkage where the shortest link is the

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1. Crank-Rocker : a Grashof linkage where the shortest link is the

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4. Crank-Crank : a Grashof linkage where the shortest link is the

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A pantograph is a mechanism that is
used to create a drawing that is larger
or smaller than an original drawing.

The pantograph simulation below creates a drawing that

is larger than the original drawing.

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A parallel bar mechanism is a mechanism that
retains parallelism in its members.

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A straight line mechanism is a mechanism that is
used to create straight lines. The examples below
are Peaucellier mechanisms.

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Two more examples of a straight line mechanism are
shown below. These are the Tchebicheff mechanism.

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Example of a nearly straight line mechanism is shown
below. This is the Watt mechanism, invented by
James Watt of steam engine fame. If you look
closely, you will see that the path deviates from a
straight line at the top and the bottom of motion.

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This is a SCOTCH YOKE. As the yellow knob rotates, it
causes the light gray yoke to move side to side.

Thus, rotational motion has been converted to linear

motion.

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This is a GENEVA MECHANISM. As the small black knob
rotates at a constant rate, it causes the dark gray mechanism
to rotate one-sixth of a turn and stop, rotate one-sixth of a
turn and stop, etc. The Geneva mechanism on the right side
causes one-fourth of a turn movements.

motion.
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