A new concept for force balancing machines for planar linkages. Part 1: Theory

S. J. Tricamo, G. G. Lowen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Scopus citations


A new theory for linkage force balancing machines is presented. These devices make it possible to remove the residual shaking forces of theoretically fully force balanced mechanisms. The required correction masses are obtained from the solution of a unique set of shaking force equations which contain experimentally determined values of the residual shaking force components as well as all relevant kinematic quantities. The essential ideas are first demonstrated for a four-bar linkage device. Subsequently, this theory is generalized to apply to machines for balanceable planar n-bar linkages containing both revolutes and sliders. Part 2 reports on the experimental development of such a machine for four-bar linkages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-642
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1981
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


Dive into the research topics of 'A new concept for force balancing machines for planar linkages. Part 1: Theory'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this