Gravity balancing of a hoist by means of a four-bar linkage and spring

  • Jacek Buśkiewicz
Conference paper
Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 73)


A gravity balanced system composed of a four-bar linkage and spring is used to counterbalance the hoist for lifting loads. The objective of the paper is to introduce a synthesis method to design such a system. The problem has been solved using the evolutionary algorithm. The magnitude of the residual engine torque is the objective function. The approach allows analyzing the forces exerted in the system links. The preliminary studies of the influence of the friction forces on the system is also presented.


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The research work reported here was made possible by grant 02/21/DSPB/3513.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacek Buśkiewicz
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  1. 1.Poznan University of TechnologyPoznanPoland

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