Detection of a Crank in the Stephenson-Ш Six-Bar Linkage
Detecting the existence of a crank in the Stephenson-Ш six-bar linkage is one of the most difficult problems encountered in the mechanism synthesis. Based on the model established for the circuit analysis of the Stephenson six-bar chains, through judging whether there is a dead-center position in the circuits of this linkage, this paper presents a new method for identifying the existence of a crank in the Stephenson-Ш six-bar linkage. Some examples are given to demonstrate the validity of this method.
Y. H. Zou et al., "Detection of a Crank in the Stephenson-Ш Six-Bar Linkage", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 52-54, pp. 909-914, 2011