ME 312 Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanisms

This course is designed to equip students with fundamental theories and methodologies that are used in synthesis, kinematic, and dynamic analysis of mechanisms commonly encountered in machine design. Students will learn analytical, graphical, and computational techniques for displacement, velocity, and acceleration analyses of linkages, as well as methods for force analysis in linkages using static and dynamic approaches. Kinematics (and time permitting dynamics) of cam-follower mechanisms, gear trains, screw mechanisms, and belt/chain drive mechanisms will be discussed. Students will be introduced to mechanism design process. Synthesis of mechanisms for generation of prescribed path and motion will be covered. Throughout the course vector based approaches will be emphasized. Analytical and computational methods for mechanism synthesis will also be exercised.