The study of the kinematics and dynamics of machines lies at the very core of a mechanical engineering background. Although tremendous advances have been made in the computational and design tools now available, little has changed in the way the subject is presented, both in the classroom and in professional references.
Fundamentals of Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines and Mechanisms brings the subject alive and current. The author's careful integration of Mathematica software gives readers a chance to perform symbolic analysis, to plot the results, and most importantly, to animate the motion. They get to "play" with the mechanism parameters and immediately see their effects. A CD-ROM packaged with the book contains Mathematica-based programs for suggested design projects.
As useful as Mathematica is, however, a tool should not interfere with but enhance one's grasp of the concepts and the development of analytical skills. The author ensures this with his emphasis on the understanding and application of basic theoretical principles, unified approach to the analysis of planar mechanisms, and introduction to vibrations and rotordynamics.
Table of Contents
The Subject of Kinematics and dynamics of Machines
Kinematics and Dynamics as Part of the Design Process
Is it a Machine, a Mechanism, or a Structure?
Example of Mechanisms; Terminology
KINEMATIC ANALYSIS OF MECHANISMS
Vector Algebra and Analysis
Intermittent-Motion Mechanisms: Geneva Wheel
FORCE ANALYSIS OF MECHANISMS
Force and Moment Vectors
Free-Body Diagram for a Link
Application to Simple Mechanisms
Circular Cam Profile
Cycloid, Harmonic, and Four-Splines Cams
Effect of Base Circle
Types of Involute Gears
Parallel-Axis Gear Trains
Planetary Gear Trains
INTRODUCTION TO LINEAR VIBRATIONS
Solution of Second-Order Non-homogeneous Equation with Constant Coefficients
Free Vibration of an SDOF System with no Damping
Forced Vibrations of an SDOF System with no Damping
Steady-State Forced Vibrations of an SDOF System
Free Vibration of an SDOF System with Damping
Forced Vibration of a Damped (x
"Vinogradov presents his book on kinematics and kinetics of mechanisms and assemblies with a fresh perspective, reflecting his significant teaching experience."
- CHOICE Magazine
"Exciting!...of tremendous benefit to graduate-level classes and researchers in the kinematics, mechanisms, and robotics communities."
- Prof. Pierre Larochelle, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne
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