Knowledge based dwell mechanism assistant designer

D. Rosen, D. Riley, A. Erdman

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A knowledge-based dwell mechanism design program has been developed on the premise that mechanism design can be considered as an example of general mechanical design. The program, called DWELL-ASSIST, was built using a knowledge based system shell, MIDAS, developed to embody a new model of conceptual and preliminary design. Based on required dwell and entire-motion characteristics, plus any designer preferences, DWELL-ASSIST proposes mechanism types and synthesis methods, in the context of prespecified 'problem statements,' which the program judges to be compatible with the problem requirements. DWELL-ASSIST can choose from among cam, geared, and linkage mechanisms, and among path curvature, precision-point, optimization, and other specialized synthesis methods in its search for solutions. As a final step, DWELL-ASSIST has the capability of developing these chosen solutions and evaluating them based on problem requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-212
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of mechanisms, transmissions, and automation in design
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1991


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