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2.6 MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE


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As a mechanism moves over a range of motion its geometry changes. If we are using a mechanisms to transmit torque, or force then we must consider the ratio between the input and output force in various positions.

Transmission angle is the angle between the coupling member and the output member in a mechanism. As this angle approaches 90, the mechanical advantage of the mechanism typically increases.

Toggle positions occur when the input crank has near infinite mechanical advantage. Note: this also applies that the follower has no mechanical advantage on the crank.

Consider the example below, [prob. 1-3 from Shigley & Uicker],





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