MINN-DWELL - COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF LINKAGE-TYPE DWELL MECHANISMS.

S. Kota, Arthur G Erdman, D. R. Riley

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Abstract

Dwell mechanisms have numerous applications in industry, especially for automation. Linkages are less expensive to manufacture and maintain and can be superior to cams at high speeds. Unfortunately, linkage-type dwell mechanisms are less popular due to lack of proper design tools. This paper describes the results of an effort to provide a tool to help overcome this technological barrier - MINN-DWELL. Design experience has been transformed into three simple computer-based design catalogs as pre-programmed building blocks to help design dwell linkages intelligently and efficiently. The resulting program, MINN-DWELL, embodies this new methodology and provides numerous graphics features. These features render MINN-DWELL an extremely flexible design tool, greatly reducing the design time. Using graphically-presented 'design catalogs' (building blocks), the user can also design four-bar mechanisms that generate approximate straight lines or symmetrical paths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputers in Engineering, Proceedings of the International Computers in Engineering Conference and
PublisherASME
Pages351-358
Number of pages8
Volume2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

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