Configuration space representation for micro-mechanism function

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This paper describes the configuration space representation of mechanical function and shows how it supports the design of micro-mechanisms. The domain characteristics of curved geometry, joint play, and custom joints render traditional design tools inappropriate, but configuration spaces can model these characteristics. They represent the quantitative and the qualitative aspects of kinematic function in a concise geometric format that helps designers visualize system function under a range of operating conditions, find and correct design flaws, study joint play, and optimize performance. The approach is demonstrated on a surface micromachined counter meshing gear discrimination device developed at Sandia National Laboratories.

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Sacks, E. & Allen, J. November 1, 1998.

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  • Sacks, E. Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN (United States). Computer Science Dept.
  • Allen, J. Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Intelligent Micromachine Dept.

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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This paper describes the configuration space representation of mechanical function and shows how it supports the design of micro-mechanisms. The domain characteristics of curved geometry, joint play, and custom joints render traditional design tools inappropriate, but configuration spaces can model these characteristics. They represent the quantitative and the qualitative aspects of kinematic function in a concise geometric format that helps designers visualize system function under a range of operating conditions, find and correct design flaws, study joint play, and optimize performance. The approach is demonstrated on a surface micromachined counter meshing gear discrimination device developed at Sandia National Laboratories.

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4 p.

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OSTI as DE98007239

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  • 2. international conference on engineering design and automation, Maui, HI (United States), 9-12 Dec 1998

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  • Other: DE98007239
  • Report No.: SAND--98-1132C
  • Report No.: CONF-981202--
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 677210
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc703022

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Sacks, E. & Allen, J. Configuration space representation for micro-mechanism function, article, November 1, 1998; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc703022/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.