Knowledge-based approaches for the creative synthesis of mechanisms

D. A. Hoeltzel*, Wei-Hua Chieng

*Corresponding author for this work

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Two methods for mechanism synthesis using AI techniques are described, one consisting of forward design reasoning and one of backward design reasoning. Results are given for various examples. Assessment of the effects of errors (joint clearances and link length inaccuracies) is also discussed. Calculations on a Schmidt coupling and a Freudenstein parallel-jaw, straight-line plier-wrench mechanism are given to illustrate the effectiveness of the expert system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-67
Number of pages11
JournalComputer-Aided Design
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1990


  • computer-aided design
  • knowledge-based methods
  • mechanism design

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