Title

Optimum synthesis of mechanisms using heuristics for decomposition search

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1979

Abstract

The heuristic techniques developed by Lin and Kernighan [l, 2, 3] and subsequently adapted by Lee [4, -5] for the. optimum synthesis of mechanisms have been extended to medium- and large-scale mechanical systems. Heuristic decomposition methods were deieloptd by combining principles from the Design of Experiments with Heuristics. For certain classes of mechanisms other decomposition techniques were devised based on the kinematic structure of the mechanism. These techniques were then integrated with a heuristic search to yeild a combinatorial optimization technique for large-scale mechanical systems. The results have been applied to the optimisation of a twelve- deqree-of-freedom mechanical manipulator. Based on the experience gained with the method we believe that the techniques, which have been developed, can be effective in yielding an optimum design. © 1979 ASME.

Publication Title

Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME

Volume

101

Issue

3

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