Appendix C: User Instructions for Chapter 6 MATLAB® Files

C.1 Planar Four-Bar Mechanisma

The Appendix C.1 folder (which is available for download at includes the MATLAB file Static_Planar_4Bar.m for the static force analysis of planar four-bar mechanisms*. To conduct a static force analysis, the user specifies the mechanism link dimensions, coupler force, gravitational constant, center of mass vectors, link masses, and the crank motion parameters in this file. Values are specified for link variables W1, V1, G1, U1, L1, the coupler force Fp1, the gravitational constant g, the center of mass vectors R1 through R3, and link masses m1 through m3 (Figure C.1a). Values are also specified for the initial ...

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