Abstract

Spherical four-bar linkages are compact mechanisms capable of motion outside the plane and transmission between intersecting shafts. Dynamic analyses of spherical four-bar linkages are complicated by the fact that they are statically indeterminate. Previous solutions have used an RCCC approximation to model the 4R linkage. This paper extends previous results to include the material elasticity in the dynamic analysis. The results of this more accurate model are compared to those obtained from the RCCC model and it is shown that the RCCC approximation yields significant errors.

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