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Mechanics & Industry
Volume 22, 2021



Article Number  43  
Number of page(s)  11  
DOI  https://doi.org/10.1051/meca/2021042  
Published online  06 October 2021 
Regular Article
Decomposition analysis and peak stagger design for Cranktriangular linkageelbow mechanism of mechanical servo presses
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School of Material and Energy Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006, PR China
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Mechatronic Engineering Department, Shunde Polytechnic Institute, E. Desheng Rd., Shunde 528333, PR China
^{*} email: ys1944@139.com
Received:
15
February
2020
Accepted:
25
August
2021
High mechanical advantage as well as low and steady slide speed within the working stroke S_{n} are the fundamental requirements for the working mechanism of servomechanical press. Currently, the CrankTriangular LinkageElbow (CTLE) mechanism has attracted more and more attention from researchers and manufacturers of servo presses. This paper presents a new analysis and design method of CTLE. The mechanism is decomposed into two subunits: crank and triangularlinkage elbow, followed by the kinematic and force analysis of each subunit. The influences of each structural parameter on the working performance are obtained and can be used as the basis for preliminary design. Through the offset design, the mechanical advantage peaks of the two units, MA_{1max} and MA_{2max}, do not occur at the same time: MA_{1max} is located near S_{n}, while MA_{2max} is just at BDC (Bottom Dead Center). Because the mechanical advantage of the whole mechanism is the product of the two subunits, the designed mechanism can obtain high and steady mechanical advantage together with low and steady slide speed within S_{n}. After preliminary design, the scheme can be further modified by numerical simulation and optimization. Hence the design efficiency can be improved.
Key words: optimal design / mechanical advantage / mechanism / multilinkage / mechanical servo press
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1 Introduction
Mechanical press is the most popular forging and stamping equipment applied in industry, and its driving system includes power source (motor), reducing system and working mechanism, whose function is to convert the input rotary motion into linear reciprocating motion of the slide [1].
The driving system of the traditional mechanical press has a flywheel and its design is based on energy. The basic design principles are: (1) The whole slide stroke is divided into idle stroke and working stroke in which the workpiece is deformed. (2) The nominal pressure stroke S_{n}, an important performance parameter for the mechanical press, is defined as a specific slide position above BDC, while the corresponding crank angle is called the nominal pressure angle α_{n}. S_{n} is considered as the working stroke in the design. (3) The nominal pressure P_{n}, another important parameter, is the maximum allowable load for the press within S_{n}. When the slide is outside the range of S_{n}, the allowable load will be less than P_{n}. (4) The key consideration of the driving system design is the flywheel, and the design criterion is that the released energy from the flywheel deceleration within a certain range (e.g., 20%) should be equal to the energy consumed in a working cycle [2].
The servo mechanical press emerged at the end of the last century is a new type of forging and stamping equipment. The common inductive motor is replaced by the servo motor and the flywheel, clutch and brake are eliminated in the driving system. This innovation not only simplifies the transmission chain and reduces the energy consumption, but also changes the working characteristics of the press from uncontrollable to controllable, improving the flexibility and automation of the equipment [3–5]. Owing to the reforms in the driving system, the design criteria for servo press are quite different. Torque becomes the basis instead of energy: the input torque during the working stroke should be able to overcome the working load during the working stroke.
The price of a servo mechanical press is relatively high, owing to the expensive servo motor with large torque. How to reduce the servo motor capacity has been a hot topic in the current development of the largetonnage servo mechanical press.
One approach is to use hybrid driving power [6,7] with the flywheel in the transmission system retained, which will reduce the press flexibility. Another approach is to adopt multimotor parallel drive, which has been widely used in large and mediumtonnage servo presses, but it will be more demanding for the control and transmission systems [8].
Selecting the appropriate working mechanism and optimizing the design would be the most costeffective and efficient way. The ideal working mechanism should have large force amplification factor (high mechanical advantage) and low and steady speed output in the working stroke [1,3,5].
Based on kinematics and dynamics analysis of the working mechanism, the author puts forward the design requirements for the working mechanism of servomechanical press: (1) high and steady mechanical advantage in working stroke S_{n}; (2) low and uniform slide speed in S_{n}; (3) high slide speed in idle stroke; (4) the stroke of slide being a monotonically increasing function of the crank angle within the range between TDC (Top Dead Center) and BDC [1].
The working mechanisms of the mechanical servo press are similar to those used in the traditional mechanical press, which include four types: screw, eccentric drive (crankconnecting rod, eccentric shaft and eccentric gear, etc.), knucklejoint and linkage mechanism [4,5]. The linkage mechanism has several names in literatures, such as modified knucklejoint [2], linkage [4], toggle [5], etc. In order to better characterize its structural features, it is called CrankTriangular LinkageElbow mechanism(CTLE) in this paper. CTLE has attracted extensive attention from researchers and manufacturers of servo presses owing to its good kinematic and dynamic characteristics [4,5,9–12]. Especially, CTLE has a high mechanical advantage and low and steady speed in S_{n}, meeting the requirements for mechanical servo press [1,11]. Table 1 shows the comparison of the four mechanisms and Figure 1 shows their stroke–time curves.
The working mechanism of servo mechanical press is usually the planar linkage mechanism, and its modeling, simulation and optimization have been a hot issue in mechanism research. Analytical method could only solve some relatively simple problems [13]. In recent years, numerical simulation technology provides a powerful tool for solving complex linkage system problems. Halicioglu proposes a modeling and design method for a crank servo press based on Lagrangian [14]. In [15,16], the SimulationX software package was used in dynamic modelling of a servo mechanical press. Dynamic model of the servo mechanical press was composed with account for elasticdissipative characteristics of the links and the parameters of the servomotor [15]. In [13], Sequential Quadratic Problem (SQP) approach was used to reduce the probability of branch or circuit defects in optimization. In [17], the synthesis and optimization of two types of mechanism are conducted by optimization methods of objective function method and performance atlases. Tuleshov et al. considered that the results of the numerical synthesis of the linkages depend on the choice of the initial approximations. In order to find the initial approximations, a method based on the use of Burmester points was proposed [18]. Reference [19] presents a newly developed hybrid simulated annealingdirect search algorithm (SADS) for the optimization of mechanism synthesis. Amandyk Tuleshov et al. present a numerical method for kinematic synthesis of the Stephenson mechanism. It is observed that eccentricity of Stephenson mechanism affects the lower forward and higher backward speed of the slider. The literature only provides numerical analysis of kinematics, lacking dynamic analysis [10].
In summary, the general approach to solve the optimization problem of planar linkage system is: (1) establish the mathematical model of the system through analysis; (2) numerical simulation is conducted by proper software tools. At present, there are many software platforms, such as ADAMS, MATLAB, KATIA, SimulationX and so on. (3) Optimize the system through appropriate approach. André Höber et al. developed a software for servo press transmission system design, but it is only suitable for crank and toggle mechanisms, and can only solve the kinematic simulation, without involving the optimization of the system [20].
Although the working mechanism of servo press is basically the same as that of common mechanical press, their design principles are quite different, due to the different working requirements. For the common mechanical presses, the design of the working mechanisms usually focuses on the kinematic characteristics: proper and steady speed in the working stroke, meeting the requirements of the forming process [21–24]. The mechanical advantage, although mentioned in some documents for mechanism optimization, is usually not a key factor. For example, Hwang listed the mechanical advantage as one of the seven objective functions in the design of a mechanical press, but its weight factor was only 50, while it was up to 1000 for the variance of the slide speed [23]. Most of the research on optimization of the working mechanism for mechanical servo presses considered the mechanical advantage as the main objective.
Yossifon et al. [25,26] analyzed various servodriven multilink mechanisms and proposed an optimization scheme with the objectives of maximum mechanical advantage and minimum structural dimensions. Within the defined domain, the mechanical advantage in the working stroke increased from 2.5 to 4.0, with a slight reduction of structural dimensions. Guo et al. [27] optimized the servo press by performance atlases, taking the reciprocal of mechanical advantage and the ratio of connecting rod load to output force as performance indicators. Du et al. [28] optimized the design by genetic algorithm, using feasibility conditions, mechanical advantage and motor torque as objective functions. Wang Zong Qiang [29] proposed a screwdriven triangular linkagetoggle mechanism for servo mechanical press, and carried out kinematic analysis. The influences of structure parameters on mechanical advantage were studied by the combination of digital simulation and trialanderror. Jianguo Hu [11] studied the CTLE mechanism of servo mechanical press and established an optimization method, aiming at maximum mechanical advantage and best kinematical performances.
Methods of mechanism optimization can be divided into three kinds: heuristics, numerical and analytical. The analytical is intended for the analysis of concrete and not very complex mechanisms. The synthesis of mechanisms is a heavily nonlinear problem, and this usually leads to resort to iterative procedures whose convergence may not always be guaranteed [13]. Moreover, the optimization process is not only timeconsuming, but also difficult to obtain the global optimal solution because the initial conditions and the constraints of the mechanism are often determined by designer's experiences [17].
By mathematical analysis on kinematics and dynamics of the mechanism, the general rule of the influence of the structural parameters on the performance of the mechanism can be obtained. On this basis, the initial model, constraints and optimal path of the optimal design can be established, which will help to simplify the design process, obtain the optimal solution and improve the design efficiency.
comparison of four mechanisms.
Fig. 1 Stroketime curves of four mechanisms. 
2 Decomposition analysis method on complex linkage mechanism
Decomposition analysis is an effective method to solve the modeling problem of the complex planar linkage mechanisms. The most wellknown is the socalled Assur group method [30–32]. An Assur group is a neutral module with 0 DOF (Degree of Freedom), mathematically corresponding to equation (1).(1)where n is the number of bodies, p_{l} and p_{h} are the numbers of low and high pairs in the module respectively.
The main purpose of the traditional decomposition analysis is for modelling. The kinematic and dynamic solutions obtained are mostly in the form of matrix or vector, which is very convenient for numerical simulation.
The decomposition method proposed in this paper is slightly different from the traditional approach. Its purpose is to obtain the influence rule of the structural parameters and the combination form of the adjacent subunits on the working performance. The rule can be the guide for the preliminary configuration design of the mechanism. The subunit is either an Assur group or a combination of several Assur groups, which will not be divided further if their connecting form in the subunit is relatively fixed.
As analyzed in Section 1, the mechanical advantage of the working mechanism MA is one of the most important parameters for a servo mechanical press. Figure 2 is the schematic diagram of mechanism decomposition. The subunits are connected in series with hinges and the output of each subunit is the input of the next. The mechanical advantage MA of the whole mechanism can be expressed as equation (2).(2)where T is the input torque and P is the slide output pressure, while F_{i} and F_{i+1} refer to the input and output forces of subunit i+1 respectively; S_{i}, V_{i} and S_{i+1}, V_{i+1} represent the input displacement, speed and output displacement and speed of the subunit i+1 respectively; MA_{i} is the mechanical advantage of subunit i, i=1～n.
As for a crankslide linkage mechanism, the mechanical advantage MA of the mechanism can be expressed as equation (3) [33].(3)where T and ω are the torque and angular velocity input by the crank, and P and V are the force and velocity output by the slide. Due to the nonlinearity of the linkage mechanism, MA, T, P and V are probably variables, even if ω is constant. When ω is constant, MA will be inversely proportional to V, which means the slide speed will decrease with the increase of the mechanical advantage.
Fig. 2 Schematic diagram of decomposition for complex linkage mechanism. 
3 Decomposition analysis of the cranktriangular linkageelbow mechanism
3.1 Cranktriangular linkageelbow mechanism and its decomposition
As shown in Figure 3, a CTLE has upper, middle and lower elbow levers with lengths l_{1}, l_{2} and l_{3} respectively, and the pivot O at the upper end of the upper elbow lever is grounded. The lower elbow lever pivot O_{2} is fixed to the slide. L_{1} and L_{2} stand respectively for the lengths of the upper and lower sides of the triangular linkage, and the bottom side is the same as the middle elbow lever l_{2}. The center O_{1} of crank R is grounded, and the end of the crank is hinged to end A of the triangular linkage. The input parameters of the CTLE include crank angle α, rotational speed ω and torque T. The output parameters are slide stroke S, speed V and pressure P. The solid lines show the slide's position at BDC, while the dotted lines show the slide position at TDC.
From the preliminary analysis of the CTLE, it can be seen that, in addition to the driving element (crank), the mechanism also consists of two Assur groups: one is the rocker mechanism composed of the triangle link ABC and the upper elbow bar OB; the other is the linkslide mechanism composed of the lower elbow bar CO_{2} and the slide. Usually, in the mechanical press, the combination form of the two groups is fixed, namely, at BDC four points (O, B, C and O_{2}) are on the same plumb line OO_{2}. To simplify the analysis, the whole mechanism is only divided into two subunits: Subunit 1, the driving element crank R (Fig. 4b) and subunit 2, which is a combination of two Assur groups with 0 DOF: triangular connecting linkelbow and rodslide (Fig. 4a).
Fig. 3 Schematic diagram of cranktriangular linkageelbow mechanism 
Fig. 4 Decomposition of cranktriangular linkageelbow mechanism. (a) Triangular linkageelbow. (b) Crank. 
3.2 Analysis of subunit 1
As shown in Figure 4b, the X_{1}O_{1}Y_{1} coordinate system is established to describe the motion trajectory of point A, which is a circular motion with O_{1} as its center and R as its radius. The inputs of subunit 1 are crank angle α, rotation speed ω and torque T. The outputs are displacements (x_{1}, y_{1}), speeds (v_{1x}, v_{1y}) and force F of point A. The direction of F is determined by subunit 2, and the included angle between F and horizontal line is β. After analysis, it is not difficult to obtain equations (4)–(6).(4) (5) (6)
Based on equations (4)–(6), it can be deduced that: (1) with R or (αβ) decreasing, MA_{1} will increase; (2) the position of the maximum mechanical advantage MA_{1max} is located at αβ = kπ, k = 0, 1, 2,…, i.e., the crank and the action line of the output force coincide; (3) the maximum output displacement and velocity will decrease with R reducing.
3.3 Analysis on subunit 2
3.3.1 Kinetic analysis
As shown in Figure 4a shows, the inputs of subunit 2 are the outputs of subunit 1, and the outputs refer separately to slide stroke S, speed V and pressure P. By setting the grounded pivot O of the upper elbow lever as the origin, the XOY coordinate system is established. A_{0}B_{0}C_{0} represents the initial position (BDC) of the triangle and ABC an arbitrary position. W_{0} and H_{0} stand for the horizontal and vertical distances between crank center O_{1} and grounded pivot O on the elbow lever respectively; W and H are the horizontal and vertical distances between crank end A and grounded pivot O on the elbow lever respectively, while α_{1}, α_{2} and α_{3} are the angles between the upper, middle and lower elbow levers and the plumb line OO_{2} respectively. The motion trajectory (x, y) of point B is determined by the rocker mechanism composed of ABO, which is a swing around pivot O. For kinematic analysis, equation (7) is established.(7)
By solving equation (7), the motion trajectory of point B can be obtained and then the kinematic parameters such as displacement and velocity of slide can be deduced. As the final expressions are slightly complex, they are not listed here.
3.3.2 Force analysis and simplification
As shown in Figure 4a, the three forces acting on the vertices A, B and C stand for F, F_{B} and F_{C} respectively. If the friction and inertia are ignored, the three forces will converge at point M, which is the intersection of the extension line l_{1} and l_{3}. AM will be the acting line of F. Thus, a CTLE will become equivalent to a conventional cranklinkageelbow mechanism (CLEM), as shown in Figure 5. The horizontal distance between point M and line OO_{2} is x'. The lengths of the upper and lower equivalent elbow levers are l_{1}' and l_{3}', while the linkage length is L. Unlike a real conventional CLEM, l_{1}', l_{3}' and L vary with the movement of the mechanism.
See Figure 4a, the equivalent CLEM is geometrically analyzed and the structural parameters are obtained by equations (8) and (9):(8) (9) (10)
Here G_{1} is the vertical distance between point M and ground pivot O, and G is the vertical distance between O_{2}' and O.
After analyzing the balance of three forces F, F_{B} and F_{C}, the mechanical advantage of subunit 2 and the slide stroke can be obtained by equations (11) and (12).(11) (12)
Fig. 5 Equivalent cranklinkageelbow mechanism. 
3.3.3 Performance features of equivalent linkageelbow mechanism
(1) From Figure 4a and equation (11), it can be seen that when α_{1} = α_{2} = 0, α_{3} must be 0 and the slide is at BDC. In other words, when α_{1} = α_{2} = α_{3} = 0, subunit 2 will get the maximum mechanical advantage, i.e., MA_{2} = ∞.
(2) By substituting , , and into equation (11) it can be known that , , which means that the mechanical advantage MA_{2} is a monotonically increasing function of lever length l_{1}' and l_{3}'. With the increase of lever length l_{1}' or l_{3}', MA_{2} increases. In practice, due to the structural constraints, both l_{1}' and l_{3}' should be limited to a certain range.
(3) By using a similar way to analyze equation (12), it can be proved that slide stroke S is a monotonically decreasing function of l_{1}' and l_{3}'. S and Smax will decrease with the increasing of l_{1}' or l_{3}'.
(4) When the slide approaches BDC, β is small, β ≈ 0. It can be proved from equation (11) that when l_{1}' = l_{2}'(α_{1}= α_{2} = α), MA_{2} will get the maximum, .
(5) Usually, since 0 < α1 < π/2, it can be seen from equation (11) that higher MA_{2} will be achieved when β < 0. But it will be the contrary if the rotation direction is reversed.
To get the total mechanical advantage, equation (13) is obtained by combining equation (2), equation (6) and equation (11).(13)
4 Peak stagger design for cranktriangle linkageelbow mechanism
4.1 Offset analysis of cranktriangular linkageelbow mechanism
In addition to the structural parameters, the form of subunit combination also has a great influence on the performance. The combination of the two subunits for a CTLE might have three arrangements (Fig. 6), where the height of triangle ABC is h. When the slide is located at BDC, the three elbow levers l_{1}, l_{2} and l_{3} will be collinear. The concept of the offset of the slidecrank mechanism [33] is extended to the CTLE. When the slide locates at BDC, if pivot A locates on the crank horizontal center line, such a CTLE is defined as the inline CTLE (Fig. 6a). On the contrary, if pivot A is out of the center line, the mechanism is called offset CTLE, and the vertical distance e between pivot A and crank center O_{1} is called the offset distance. If pivot A is located above the center line, it is called the positive offset (Fig. 6c), e > 0. Conversely, it is called the negative offset (Fig. 6d), e < 0. In the common mechanical press with CTLE, most of the mechanisms are inline.
As mentioned above, the CTLE can be considered as a combination of the two subunits, with the mechanical advantage MA_{1} and MA_{2} respectively. The mechanical advantage of the whole mechanism will be MA = MA_{1} ∙ MA_{2}. Figure 7 is a schematic diagram of the relationship among MA_{1}, MA_{2} and MA. As for the inline mechanism, a higher MA can be obtained at BDC, since both MA_{1} and MA_{2} reach their peaks at BDC, but MA will drop rapidly when the slide deviates from BDC, since both MA_{1} and MA_{2} drop with a great rate. So, MA will not be high enough at S_{n} (Fig. 7a). In regard to the positive offset mechanism, MA_{1} will reach its peak at the slide stroke S_{1} before MA_{2} does. If S_{1} and S_{n} are approximately coincident, there will be a relatively high and steady MA in the entire S_{n}, as displayed in Figure 7b. As for the negative offset mechanism, it is not helpful for increasing MA in S_{n}, since MA_{1} reaches its peak when the slide is already in the return stroke.
Fig. 6 Structural forms of cranktriangular linkelbow mechanism. (a) Inline. (b) Negative offset. (c) Positive offset. 
Fig. 7 Synthesis of mechanical advantages. (a) Inline. (b) Positive offset. 
4.2 Peak stagger design for cranktriangle linkageelbow mechanism
The mechanism is designed with peak stagger (positive offset) to ensure that MA_{1max} occurs before MA_{2max}. As laid out in Figure 6c, the mechanism offset angle is θ_{0}, then equation (14) is obtained.(14)
where e is the offset distance and R is the crank radius. Δα is the included angle between the two peaks, which is called the stagger angle, expressed by equation (15).(15)where β_{0} is the angle between the crank and the horizontal line when subunit 1 reaches its peak value. In the preliminary design, the stagger angle Δα should be slightly less than the nominal pressure angle α_{n}, placing the two peaks within working stroke S_{n}. Thus, a high and steady mechanical advantage in the entire working stroke can be achieved.
According to equation (3), the slide has not only a large and steady mechanical advantage within S_{n}, but also a low and steady speed, meeting the requirements of the forming process.
5 Design examples
In order to further verify the analysis in Section 4, three CTLE models are designed for comparison (shown in Tab. 2), and scheme a, b and c correspond to the mechanisms shown in Figure 6a, 6b and 6c respectively. Their main structural parameters are determined by referring to the structure of an existing servo mechanical press with the same tonnage [11]. The main parameters of the three schemes are approximately the same, but H_{0} is different to realize the different offset. The maximum slide strokes S_{max} of the three schemes are kept at about 200 mm by adjusting the crank radius R. The working parameters are: P_{n} = 4000 kN, S_{n} = 6 mm, the working frequency is 30 SPM (Stroke Per Minute).
By software VIAutomotives® [34], the kinematics and forces of the three mechanisms are numerically simulated, ignoring the friction and mass. Figures 8–10 show the slide stroke, speed and mechanical advantage of the three mechanisms, and Figure 11 shows the required input torque for output P_{n} in S_{n}. Table 3 shows the comparison of working performance of the three schemes.
As can be seen from Table 3, the positive mechanism (Scheme c) has the best performances. In comparison with the inline mechanism (Scheme a), its MA_{n} (MA at S_{n}) increases from 45.7 N/Nm to 241.7 N/Nm, an increase of 428%, while (average slide speed in S_{n}) decreases from 22.3 mm/s to 16.9 mm/s, a decrease of 24.2%, and SDV (the standard deviation of the slide speed in S_{n}) decreases from 19.5 mm/s to 5.6 mm/s, a decrease of 85.6%. Contrarily, for the negative offset (scheme b), MA_{n} decreases from 45.7 N/Nm to 34.6 N/Nm, a decrease of 24.3%, while increases from 22.3 mm/s to 38.0 mm/s, an increase of 70.4%, and SDV increases from 19.5 mm/s to 26.5 mm/s, an increase of 35.9%.
Figure 10 shows that MA of Scheme c fluctuates with two peaks in S_{n} (0–6 mm). The first peak is at about 5.5 mm of the slide stroke and the second at BDC. Even in such a situation, the minimum value of MA (wave trough) in S_{n} still reaches 129.7 N/Nm, which is 184% higher than that of the inline arrangement.
From Figure 11 it can be seen that in order to get the pressure output of 4000 kN in S_{n}, the maximum input torque for Scheme a is 87,075 Nm. However, it is only 30,574 Nm for Scheme c, with a decrease of 65%.
With the peak stagger design, the CTLE can get high and steady mechanical advantage, low and uniform slide velocity in the entire working stroke, which is of great significance for servo mechanical presses to reduce the motor capacity and improve their working performance.
It should be pointed out that Scheme c is only a preliminary design, and the performance can be further improved by adjusting the structural parameters through subsequent computer optimization design.
Structural dimensions of three types of cranktriangular linkageelbow mechanism/mm.
Fig. 8 Slide stroke curves of three mechanisms. 
Fig. 9 Slide velocity curves of three mechanisms. 
Fig. 10 Mechanical advantagestroke curves of three mechanisms. 
Fig. 11 Input torque required for nominal pressure output. 
Performance comparison of three schemes.
6 Conclusion
A new design method of multilinkage mechanism based on decomposition analysis is proposed, which provides a basis for building a preliminary model for subsequent optimization design, so as to improve the design efficiency.
Different from the traditional decomposition method, the main purpose of the new method is to obtain the influence of both structural parameters and interconnecting form of each subunit on the performance, which can be used as a guide for the preliminary design. The submechanism can be either an Assur group or a combination of several Assur groups with fixed connection modes.
By the decomposition method, the cranktriangular linkageelbow mechanism commonly used in servo presses is analyzed and the influence of structural parameters on the working performance of the mechanism is obtained.
Based on the decomposition analysis, the peak stagger design method for cranktriangular linkageelbow mechanism is established. By offset design, the mechanical advantage peaks of the two submechanisms are staggered: MA_{1max} is located near S_{n} while MA_{2max} just at BDC. The stagger angle Δα is slightly less than the nominal pressure angle α_{n}. By stagger peak design, the working property can be improved, while the input torque will be decreased, reducing the press cost.
The design example verified the feasibility of the stagger peak design method: compared with the inline design, in the entire working stroke the minimum mechanical advantage increases by 184%, the average slide speed decreases by 24.2%, the standard deviation of the speed decreases by 85.6%, while the input torque decreases by 65%.
Availability of data and materials
The datasets used and analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
Competing interests
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
Author contribution statement
YS put forward the main academic ideas and was in charge of the theoretical analysis and the article writing. JH was in charge of the digital simulation. LW took part of the theoretical analysis. YC took part of digital simulation.
Acknowledgments
This research has been financed by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51175088) and Guangdong Province Science and Technology Research Project (2009Z019), and the authors would like to express their heartfelt thanks for these.
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Structural dimensions of three types of cranktriangular linkageelbow mechanism/mm.
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Fig. 1 Stroketime curves of four mechanisms. 

In the text 
Fig. 2 Schematic diagram of decomposition for complex linkage mechanism. 

In the text 
Fig. 3 Schematic diagram of cranktriangular linkageelbow mechanism 

In the text 
Fig. 4 Decomposition of cranktriangular linkageelbow mechanism. (a) Triangular linkageelbow. (b) Crank. 

In the text 
Fig. 5 Equivalent cranklinkageelbow mechanism. 

In the text 
Fig. 6 Structural forms of cranktriangular linkelbow mechanism. (a) Inline. (b) Negative offset. (c) Positive offset. 

In the text 
Fig. 7 Synthesis of mechanical advantages. (a) Inline. (b) Positive offset. 

In the text 
Fig. 8 Slide stroke curves of three mechanisms. 

In the text 
Fig. 9 Slide velocity curves of three mechanisms. 

In the text 
Fig. 10 Mechanical advantagestroke curves of three mechanisms. 

In the text 
Fig. 11 Input torque required for nominal pressure output. 

In the text 
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