The study provides the application of the DRAM software for the dynamic analysis of a linkage mechanism and presents a simplified version of the DRAM user manual. This user manual appears in appendix C. The linkage which is used for the dynamic analysis consists of three rigid couplers. Crank 2 of this mechanism is responsible for transferring motion to the other links. Kinematic and kinetic results by DRAM are compared with analytical results. Good agreement was observed. Since the DRAM user guide is not easy to understand, it was necessary to write a user-friendly guide. Several types of kinematic and dynamic examples are included in this new manual. These examples demonstrate the usefulness and effectiveness of DRAM for the solution of progressively more complex problems. The new manual also provides the analytical solution of selected examples. The accuracy of the DRAM results are compared to the analytical results.

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Links and link-motion--Data processing; Mechanical movements--Data processing

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Mechanical Engineering (KGCOE)


Walter, Wayne


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