Title

Weight minimization of a speed reducer by heuristic and decomposition techniques

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1982

Abstract

Discrete combinatorial optimization techniques (heuristics)[1-5] have been extended for optimum synthesis of medium-and-large-scale mechanical systems [6,7]. Decomposition techniques based on the kinematic structure of mechanisms have been developed. Other decompisition methods have been previously outlined[7]. The decompositon techniques were then combined with a heuristic search to obtain efficient optimization method for large-scale mechanical systems. The optimization scheme has been applied for weight minimization of a speed reducer. The results obtained by the techniques, which have been developed, indicate that these methods are more efficient than various schemes, such as adaptive optimization approach, random-gradient technique, and Monte-Carlo method. all previously employed for weight minimization of a speed reducer. © 1982.

Publication Title

Mechanism and Machine Theory

Volume

17

Issue

4

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