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Time-Dependent Reliability Analysis for Function Generation Mechanisms with Random Joint Clearances
Mechanism and Machine Theory
  • Junfu Zhang
  • Xiaoping Du, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Time-dependent reliability method for mechanisms predicts the probability of satisfying the motion requirement in a predefined period of time. The current reliability methods do not consider the random clearances in mechanism joints. This work extends the current methods into function generation mechanisms on which the effect of random joint clearances is significant. The motion output is approximated in the first order with respect to random dimension variables and in a higher order with respect to random joint clearances by the Hybrid Dimension Reduction Method. This treatment achieves an optimal balance between accuracy and efficiency. Then an envelope method is used to calculate the time-dependent reliability. The method is demonstrated by the analysis of three four-bar function generation mechanisms.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
  • Function generators,
  • Reliability,
  • Dimension reduction method,
  • Envelope method,
  • Function generation,
  • Joint clearance,
  • Random dimension,
  • Reliability methods,
  • Time dependent reliability,
  • Time dependent reliability analysis,
  • Reliability analysis
Document Type
Article - Journal
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© 2015 Elsevier Ltd, All rights reserved.
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Junfu Zhang and Xiaoping Du. "Time-Dependent Reliability Analysis for Function Generation Mechanisms with Random Joint Clearances" Mechanism and Machine Theory Vol. 92 (2015) p. 184 - 199 ISSN: 0094114X
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