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Computer-Aided Mechanical Design Using Configuration Spaces
November/December 1999 (vol. 1 no. 6)
pp. 14-21

The article describes research concerning the computer-aided design of mechanical systems using configuration spaces. The research addresses the core design task of rigid-body contact analysis and related tasks. Contact analysis is a computational bottleneck in mechanical design, especially in systems with complex part shapes, tight fits, and contact changes. Manual analysis is error-prone and time-consuming, whereas automated analysis exceeds the capabilities of current design software.

To address these problems, the authors have developed a general contact analysis method for planar mechanical systems based on configuration space computation. They have implemented a prototype design environment that integrates contact analysis with simulation, tolerance analysis, and visualization. The software helps designers study system function under a range of operating conditions, find and correct design flaws, and optimize performance.

Leo Joskowicz, Elisha Sacks, "Computer-Aided Mechanical Design Using Configuration Spaces," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 1, no. 6, pp. 14-21, Nov.-Dec. 1999, doi:10.1109/5992.805133
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