Flat Translating Follower
The previous chapter gives a method for producing a valve acceleration curve together with the corresponding valve velocity and lift . In this chapter these data are used to compute the information needed to design and manufacture the analytically simplest useable cam mechanism, which is a flat translating follower. Equations are derived for the torque, shape, curvature, entrainment velocity, contact force and stress, and the maximum speed at which cam–follower contact can be achieved. The data needed is the cam base circle radius, and the valve acceleration, velocity and lift.