Spatial Overconstrained Linkages—The Lost Jade

  • Yan Chen
  • Zhong You
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 15)


This paper is to review all the discovered three-dimensional overconstrained linkage with only revolute joints. There are 15 types well known and several types recently proposed. Although the kinematics study on this family of linkages is in depth, little industry application has been developed. So it is the lost jade in the treasure box of mechanisms, waiting for being recovered and cherished.


Revolute Joint Machine Theory Universal Joint Deployable Structure Prism Pair 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yan Chen
    • 1
  • Zhong You
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversityNanyangSingapore
  2. 2.Department of Engineering ScienceUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

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