A constant force generation mechanism

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A mechanism is described that generates a constant, unidirectional force at any given point on a hinged lever, for all positions of the lever within a full rotation. It is shown how one of several selected geometric parameters of the mechanism may be preadjusted automatically to equilibrate the system, using force feedback from the output load. The constant force generator is introduced into a parallelogram fourbar mechanism, and it is shown that this system may replace links of a kinematic chain to achieve static balancing of the chain plus any additional masses or vertical forces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-512
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions Of the ASME
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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