Offset Slider-Crank Mechanism

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A slider-crank mechanism can be used to convert rotary motion into linear motion or vice-versa.


In this Demonstration, the constant angular speed of a crank is converted into the variable linear speed of a sliding block, forced to stay on a straight line. Changing the length of the connecting rod or the offset of the slider path generates different speed and acceleration profiles for the slider.


Contributed by: Erik Mahieu (August 2013)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




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