This paper presents a high-speed cinephotogrammetry combined with a digital image processing experimental technique which studies the entire motion of the linkage connected to a gear reduction and a DC motor. The light-weight reflectors placed on a flexible four-bar linkage are monitored by a high-speed camera. The film is then digitized and the entire motion affected by the whole system is analyzed.
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Acknowledgements--Financial support of the National Science Foundation (Grant No. MSM.8512816), Productivity Center and University of Minnesota, and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla are greatly appreciated. The authors are grateful to Dianne Rekow, Marge Hartfel, Michael Cheeky, Wes Barris, Ralph Peterson and Steve Kristukas for their help to access to the facilities.