Type Synthesis of Self-Aligning Mechanisms Applied to the Leg Rest Section of an Hospital Bed

  • Vinícius N. ArtmannEmail author
  • Rodrigo L. P. Barreto
  • Andrea P. Carboni
  • Roberto Simoni
  • Daniel Martins
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Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 73)


Given an overconstrained seed mechanism, different sets of constraints can be removed, generating different self-aligning mechanisms. This paper presents a method to select a set of self-aligning mechanisms according to project requirements. The proposed method is applied to evaluate and generate self-aligning mechanisms by means of matroid theory while using the leg rest of the Eleganza Smart bed produced by Linet as seed mechanism, achieving a set of 78 feasible self-aligning mechanisms out of several thousands possible mechanisms.


type synthesis self-aligning mechanism matroid theory hospital bed 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vinícius N. Artmann
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rodrigo L. P. Barreto
    • 1
  • Andrea P. Carboni
    • 2
  • Roberto Simoni
    • 2
  • Daniel Martins
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal University of Santa CatarinaFlorianopolisBrazil
  2. 2.Federal University of Santa CatarinaJoinvilleBrazil

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