Kinematics


Current Research Activity

Kinematic analysis is an essential part of Mechanical Engineering Design, as it enables the user to select a layout which will perform the intended function and also to calculate the stresses which will occur in the design during its operation. There are now many software packages on the market able to carry out these tasks: but they mostly work through a user interface, making them unsuitable for direct coupling with another program.

My current research work in this area is the development of a library of kinematic analysis procedures called PROMECH, which can be used to provide kinematic and dynamic information about most types of 3-D mechanism directly to the calling program. This makes them especially suitable for use in functional modelling, since it enables the modeller to investigate the relationships between the dimensions of a mechanism's moving parts and the stress levels experienced during operation.

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