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Title: Adjustable link for kinematic mounting systems

Abstract

An adjustable link for kinematic mounting systems is disclosed. 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. 3 figs.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
University of California
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
512433
Patent Number(s):
5,642,956
Application Number:
PAN: 8-590,375
Assignee:
Univ. of California, Oakland, CA (United States) PTO; SCA: 420200; PA: EDB-97:112664; SN: 97001827922
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1 Jul 1997
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; FASTENERS; DESIGN; DEGREES OF FREEDOM; MODIFICATIONS; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; MATERIALS HANDLING; SUPPORTS; POSITIONING; MECHANICAL STRUCTURES

Citation Formats

Hale, L.C. Adjustable link for kinematic mounting systems. United States: N. p., 1997. Web.
Hale, L.C. Adjustable link for kinematic mounting systems. United States.
Hale, L.C. Tue . "Adjustable link for kinematic mounting systems". United States.
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abstractNote = {An adjustable link for kinematic mounting systems is disclosed. 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. 3 figs.},
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