A case-based approach to planar linkage design

Ashim Bose, Maria Gini, Donald Riley

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We describe a method to store and retrieve design cases of four-bar linkages. The method abstracts relevant features from the planar curve that characterizes each linkage design, and records these features at several levels of abstraction. This allows use of a fast multi-level retrieval procedure, that successively eliminates inappropriate cases at each level. The retrieval incorporates tolerance measures and allows for incomplete problem specifications. Adaptation methods are then used to transform the cases retrieved to match the new design problem. Results of experimental studies to evaluate the efficacy of our method are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-119
Number of pages13
JournalArtificial Intelligence in Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1997

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded in part by the NSF DDM 8717731-01.

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  • Case-based design
  • Mechanical linkage design
  • Mechanical linkage synthesis
  • Planar linkages


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