To address difficulties with contact analysis in mechanical design - namely in planar mechanical systems with complex part shapes, tight fits, and contact changes -the authors have developed a general contact-analysis method based on configuration space computation.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
National Science Foundation grants CCR-9617600 and CCR-9505745 and the Purdue Center for Computational Image Analysis and Scientific Visualization support Elisha Sacks. A grant from the Authority for Research and Development, The Hebrew University ofjersualem, Israel supports Leo loskowicz. A Ford University Research Grant, the Ford ADAPT200 project, andgrant 98/536 from the fsraeli Academy of Science support them both.