An introduction to burmester field theory

John R. Mlinar, Arthur G. Erdman

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This paper introduces the Burmester field for motiongeneration dyads with four design positions. The Burmester field is the region swept by a Burmester curve as one or more of the design positions varies. The Burmester field's geometric features are shown to be related to the poles. The most significant feature are anchor poles that remain stationary as the design positions are changed. The envelope of the Burmester field found with the variation of a single design parameter is presented. This work demonstrates that the envelope of the Burmester field consists of segments of Burmester curves and segments found using envelope theory. A number of examples are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication25th Biennial Mechanisms Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791880319
StatePublished - 1998
EventASME 1998 Design Engineering Technical Conferences, DETC 1998 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Sep 13 1998Sep 16 1998

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference


ConferenceASME 1998 Design Engineering Technical Conferences, DETC 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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© 1998 by ASME.

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