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Issue No. 06 - November/December (1999 vol. 1)
ISSN: 1521-9615
pp: 14-21
<p>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. </p> <p>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. </p>

E. Sacks and L. Joskowicz, "Computer-Aided Mechanical Design Using Configuration Spaces," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 1, no. , pp. 14-21, 1999.
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