Representation language for mechanical behavior

Dorothy Neville*, Leo Joskowicz

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Automating mechanism design requires developing a representation language for describing mechanism behavior. The language is necessary to specify design requirements, to describe existing mechanisms, and to catalog them for design reuse. This paper presents a simple and expressive language for describing the behavior of fixed-axes mechanisms. The language uses predicates and algebraic relations to describe the positions and motions of each part of the mechanism and the relationships between them. It allows both accurate and complete descriptions and partial, abstract, and underspecified descriptions. We show that the language is computationally viable by describing how to automatically derive behavioral descriptions stated in the language from the mechanism structure. To test its usefulness, we describe a design validation algorithm that determines if a given mechanism structure can produce desired behaviors stated in the language.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationDesign Theory and Methodology
EditorsMo Shahinpoor, H.S. Tzou
PublisherPubl by ASME
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0791811700
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes
Event14th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise - Albuquerque, NM, USA
Duration: 19 Sep 199322 Sep 1993

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Design Engineering Division (Publication) DE


Conference14th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise
CityAlbuquerque, NM, USA

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