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Designing optimum cost function generators

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The ultimate aim of design is optimization. Not much has been reported in the literature on the cost optimization of four-bar function generators. An example problem is solved to illustrate the application of the method.

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Communicated by G. Leitmann

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Rao, A.C. Designing optimum cost function generators. J Optim Theory Appl 24, 371–374 (1978). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00933288

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Key Words

  • Function generator
  • precision point synthesis
  • stiffness of links
  • cost function
  • Lagrange multipliers