Shaking-moment balancing of mechanisms with principal vectors and momentum

V. van der Wijk

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The design of shaking-moment-balanced linkages still is challenging. Considering moment balance in the very beginning of the design process of mechanisms is important for finding applicable solutions. For this purpose, the method of principal vectors is investigated, showing a compact notation of the angular momentum with respect to the center of mass. The moment balance conditions are derived for three elements in series from which balance solutions are synthesized and illustrated. From the application for moment balancing of a 4R fourbar linkage it is shown that the moment balancing of closed kinematic chains remains challenging
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-16
Number of pages6
JournalFrontiers of mechanical engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • METIS-296928
  • IR-90606

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