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Design of double toggle switching mechanisms

Deb, Manan and Sen, Dibakar (2014) Design of double toggle switching mechanisms. In: MECHANISM AND MACHINE THEORY, 71 . pp. 163-190.

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Toggle mechanisms are ubiquitous in electrical switches. However, literature for their mechanical design is scarce. This paper defines and classifies the toggle phenomena observed during switching. The concept of double toggle introduced in this paper enables a systematic screening of kinematic structure for the suitability in high performance switches. Seven structural and three kinematic criteria are identified for this purpose. It is also demonstrated that each such feasible kinematic structure lends itself to multiple physical embodiments. Therefore, the theory and procedure presented in this work can be used for design of numerous kinematically distinct mechanisms. One representative mechanical embodiment for a novel double toggle switch, including mass and geometric shape of links has been included in the paper. The switching behavior of the design is validated using Pro/Mechanism (TM). (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: copyright for this article belongs to PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, ENGLAND
Keywords: Toggle mechanism; Circuit breaker; Electrical switch; Structural synthesis; Mechanism design
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2014 11:14
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2014 11:14
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/48045

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