This book covers the basic contents for an
introductory course in Mechanism and Machine Theory. The topics dealt with
are: kinematic and dynamic analysis of machines, introduction to vibratory
behaviour, rotor and piston balance, kinematics of gears, ordinary and
planetary gear trains and synthesis of planar mechanisms. A new approach to
dimensional synthesis of mechanisms based on turning functions has been added
for closed and open path generation using an optimization method based on
evolutionary algorithms. The text, developed by a group of experts in kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms at the University of Málaga, Spain, is clear and is supported by more than 350 images. More than 60 outlined and explained problems have been included to clarify the theoretical concepts.