The Volumetric Properties of CAMS
The subject of this chapter is the accurate and fast calculation of the volumetric properties of solids of arbitrary shape, paradigms of which are the cams and followers synthesized in Chapters 3, 4 and 5. The need for accuracy needs no explanation, but the need for speed is less obvious. In fact cam synthesis, as discussed throughout this book, is only a stage of the whole mechanical design process, which includes both element and system optimization. In turn, optimization is unavoidably an iterative process, which requires a full synthesis of the overall mechanical system at each iteration. Since optimization may sometimes require hundreds of iterations, the relevance of the economy of computations within the synthesis stage is apparent.
KeywordsPosition Vector Primary System Inertia Matrix Indexing Mechanism Secondary System
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