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Title: Adjustable link for kinematic mounting systems

Abstract

An adjustable link for kinematic mounting systems. The adjustable link is a low-cost, passive device that provides backlash-free adjustment along its single constraint direction and flexural freedom in all other directions. The adjustable link comprises two spheres, two sockets in which the spheres are adjustable retain, and a connection link threadly connected at each end to the spheres, to provide a single direction of restraint and to adjust the length or distance between the sockets. Six such adjustable links provide for six degrees of freedom for mounting an instrument on a support. The adjustable link has applications in any machine or instrument requiring precision adjustment in six degrees of freedom, isolation from deformations of the supporting platform, and/or additional structural damping. The damping is accomplished by using a hollow connection link that contains an inner rod and a viscoelastic separation layer between the two.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Livermore, CA
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
871023
Patent Number(s):
US 5642956
Application Number:
08/590375
Assignee:
Regents of University of California (Oakland, CA)
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
adjustable; link; kinematic; mounting; systems; low-cost; passive; device; provides; backlash-free; adjustment; single; constraint; direction; flexural; freedom; directions; comprises; spheres; sockets; retain; connection; threadly; connected; provide; restraint; adjust; length; distance; six; links; degrees; instrument; support; applications; machine; requiring; precision; isolation; deformations; supporting; platform; additional; structural; damping; accomplished; hollow; contains; inner; rod; viscoelastic; separation; layer; single direction; kinematic mount; separation layer; adjustable link; six degrees; passive device; mounting systems; inner rod; six degree; kinematic mounting; /403/

Citation Formats

Hale, Layton C. Adjustable link for kinematic mounting systems. United States: N. p., 1997. Web.
Hale, Layton C. Adjustable link for kinematic mounting systems. United States.
Hale, Layton C. Wed . "Adjustable link for kinematic mounting systems". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/871023.
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abstractNote = {An adjustable link for kinematic mounting systems. The adjustable link is a low-cost, passive device that provides backlash-free adjustment along its single constraint direction and flexural freedom in all other directions. The adjustable link comprises two spheres, two sockets in which the spheres are adjustable retain, and a connection link threadly connected at each end to the spheres, to provide a single direction of restraint and to adjust the length or distance between the sockets. Six such adjustable links provide for six degrees of freedom for mounting an instrument on a support. The adjustable link has applications in any machine or instrument requiring precision adjustment in six degrees of freedom, isolation from deformations of the supporting platform, and/or additional structural damping. The damping is accomplished by using a hollow connection link that contains an inner rod and a viscoelastic separation layer between the two.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1997},
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