Mechanism Design: Enumeration of Kinematic Structures According to Function, by Lung-Wen Tsai, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, XXXX.

The most difficult problem most mechanism designers face at the conceptual design phase is the creation and selection of a most promising kinematic structure. Mechanism Design: Enumeration of Kinematic Structures According to Function introduces a methodology for systematic enumeration and classification of mechanisms that is not available in any other resource. With a partly analytical and partly algorithmic approach, the author uses graph theory, combinatorial analysis, and computer algorithms to create kinematic structures of the same nature in a systematic and unbiased manner. He sketches mechanism structures, evaluates them with respect to the remaining functional requirements, and provides numerous atlases of mechanisms that can be used by engineers as a source of ideas for mechanism and machine design. This book presents you with a methodology to arrive at the best design in the shortest time possible and, therefore, improve the product quality.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Basic Concept of Graph Theory

Chapter 3. Structural Representations of Mechanisms

Chapter 4. Structural Analysis of Mechanisms

Chapter 5. Enumeration of Graphs of Kinematic Chains

Chapter 6. Classification of Mechanisms

Chapter 7. Epicyclic Gear Trains

Chapter 8. Automotive Mechanisms

Chapter 9. Robotic Mechanisms

Appendix A. Solving m Linear Equations in n Unknowns

Appendix B. Atlas of Contracted Graphs

Appendix C. Atlas of Graphs of Kinematic Chains

Appendix D. Atlas of Planar Bar Linkages

Appendix E. Atlas of Spatial One-DOF Kinematic Chains

Appendix F. Atlas of Epicyclic Gear Trains

Appendix G. Atlas of Epicyclic Gear Transmission Mechanisms