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Web-Based Interactive Analysis and Animation of Mechanisms

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Harry H. Cheng

Integration Engineering Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA 95616hhcheng@ucdavis.edu

Dung T. Trang

Integration Engineering Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA 95616

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 6(1), 84-90 (Apr 17, 2005) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2161230 History: Received July 14, 2004; Revised April 17, 2005

A Web-based mechanism analysis and animation system is presented in this article. The system is developed in Ch, an embeddable C/C++ interpreter, and Ch Mechanism Toolkit. It allows users to solve complicated planar mechanism problems conveniently on-line. Users can input the required data to define a mechanism in a Web browser and then click a button for kinematic and dynamic analysis, graphical plotting, and animation for fourbar, crank-slider, geared fivebar, sixbar linkages and cam-follower systems. Examples are provided to illustrate its ease of use as well as its suitability for distance learning. The Web-based system for mechanism analysis and animation is available on the Web at http://www.softintegration/webservices/mechanism/

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The main Web page for mechanism design and analysis

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The main Web page for fourbar linkage analysis and synthesis

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Web-based fourbar position analysis

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Web-based fourbar position analysis (contd.)

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Numerical output of the Web-based fourbar position analysis

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The graphical output for branch 1 of the Web-based fourbar position analysis

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The single frame of the Web-based fourbar animation

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All frames of the Web-based fourbar animation

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