From the Publisher
A perfect refresher on the kinematics and dynamics of machinery. The book uses analytical techniques, without complex mathematics, in the design of mechanical devices. Included with the book is a set of programs, written in MATLAB, which can be run to illustrate kinematics principles. The source code is also provided so readers can modify and customize the programs.
From the Back Cover
Waldron and Kinzel Integrate Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery into the design of Mechanical Systems Waldron and Kinzel bring over 25 years of outstanding research contributions and teaching experiences to provide a very modern approach to the study of mechanisms and machines. Their unique backgrounds are reflected in the text, in that they provide an integrated treatment to a set of seemingly diverse topics, such as planar mechanisms, spatial mechanisms and robotics. Their emphasis on both analytical and graphical methods sets the stage so that students can readily transform problems into computer algorithms. Key features:
- Several real-world problems are included to show students how to apply the basic principles in a realistic setting. Examples range from well-established applications to high-end one-of-a-kind systems such as Adaptive Suspension Vehicle.
- Text includes a commercially available, easy-to-program package (MATLAB) that allows students (and professors) to tackle real-world problems. Using MATLAB along with this book will allow students to adapt the basic modules provided to solve realistic engineering problems.
- Both graphical and analytical methods are emphasized throughout the text. While graphical methods are easier to visualize and better for back of the envelope calculations, analytical methods lend themselves to computer calculations. The authors advocate a unique balance.