Analysis and synthesis of mechanical error in cam-follower systems

Singiresu S Rao, S. S. Gavane

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A method of evaluating the mechanical error in the kinematic and dynamic response of cam-follower systems is presented based on probability principles. The error is analyzed for the three-sigma band of confidence level. A synthesis procedure, using nonlinear programming techniques, of distributing tolerances on geometrical and other system parameters is discussed. The objective of the synthesis problem is to minimize a measure of the manufacturing cost for specified maximum allowable error in the kinematic or dynamic response of the cam-follower system.The application of analysis and synthesis procedures is demonstrated with reference to a disc cam with translating roller follower.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-62
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions Of the ASME
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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