Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanical Systems 2nd Edition
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Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanical Systems 2nd Edition

Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanical Systems 2nd Edition Implementation in MATLAB and Simmechanics Kevin Russell, Qiong Shen, and Raj S. Sodhi | PDF Free Download.

Authors of Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanical Systems

Kevin Russell is a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). At NJIT, Dr. Russell teaches courses in kinematics, machine design, and mechanical design.

Formerly, Dr. Russell was a Senior Mechanical Engineer at the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny, New Jersey. Dr. Russell’s responsibilities

at ARDEC included the utilization of computer-aided design and modeling and simulation tools for small and medium-caliber weapon system improvement, concept development and failure investigations.

A fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey, Dr. Russell holds several patents (and pending patents) for his design contributions relating to small and medium-caliber weapons systems, linkage-based inspection systems and human prosthetics.

He has published extensively among mechanical engineering journals in areas such as kinematic synthesis, theoretical kinematics, and machine design.

Qiong Shen, Ph.D. ( is the founder of Softalink LLC, a consulting company that applies cloud-computing and big data technologies to help automate and optimize business processes, transform traditional marketing and strategic planning into data-driven manner.

Besides business activities, Dr. Shen is also active, as an adjunct professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT),

in preparing college students for ever-growing challenges in engineering and management. Dr. Shen received a Ph.D. degree from a joint program between Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Departments at NJIT.

He has made substantial contributions to researches in Robotics and Mechanism Synthesis by applying technologies from Distributed Parallel Computing, Machine Learning, Visualization, and Simulation.

Raj S. Sodhi, Ph.D., P.E. is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at NJIT. He has over 30 years of experience in research and education related to Mechanical Design, Mechanisms Synthesis, and Manufacturing Engineering.

Dr. Sodhi is the author or co-author of over one hundred refereed papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings.

He was awarded the Society of Manufacturing Engineering’s University Lead Award in recognition of leadership and excellence in the application and development of computer integrated manufacturing.

He also received the N. Watrous Procter & Gamble Award from the Society of Applied Mechanisms and Robotics for significant contributions to the science of mechanisms and robotics and

the Ralph R. Teetor New Engineering Educator Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers. Dr. Sodhi is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanical Systems Contents

  • Introduction to Kinematics
  • Mathematical Concepts in Kinematics 
  • Fundamental Concepts in Kinematics 
  • Kinematic Analysis of Planar Mechanisms
  • Dimensional Synthesis
  • Static Force Analysis of Planar Mechanisms
  • Dynamic Force Analysis of Planar Mechanisms
  • Design and Kinematic Analysis of Gears 
  • Design and Kinematic Analysis of Disk Cams
  • Kinematic Analysis of Spatial Mechanisms
  • Introduction to Robotic Manipulators

Preface to Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanical Systems

Kinematics is the study of motion without considering forces. In comparison to other engineering design disciplines such as statics,

where motion and governing loads are considered according to Newton’s first law and dynamics, where motion and governing loads are considered according to Newton’s second law, kinematics is the most fundamental engineering design discipline.

Courses pertaining to the kinematics of mechanical systems are core requirements of university undergraduate mechanical engineering curricula.

While a central understanding of classical kinematics will continue to remain relevant in engineering and subsequently,

a necessary focus in undergraduate engineering education, it is becoming increasingly important that an undergraduate also acquire a central understanding of static and dynamic mechanism analysis.

Such an understanding prepares an undergraduate student to conduct more thorough analyses and produce more relevant solutions in mechanism design.

In addition, a central understanding of the design and analysis of robotic manipulators has become essential in modern-day undergraduate engineering education due to the expanding use of robotic systems today.

It has become very efficient and extremely practical to utilize mathematical analysis software to conduct engineering analyses in recent years. Of all the mathematical analysis software options available (which are numerous), the authors chose MATLAB®.

MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, simulation, and programming. Using MATLAB, one can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications without data type checking, compiling and linking (tasks common in programming languages such as C++ and Java).

SimMechanics®, a MATLAB toolbox, provides a graphical multi-body simulation environment for 2D and 3D mechanical systems including linkages, robots, cam systems, and gear systems.

The user models the multi-body system (using blocks representing bodies, joints, constraints, and motion/force actuator elements)

and then SimMechanics formulates and solves the governing equations of motion and force for the complete mechanical system. An automatically generated 3D animation lets you visualize the system dynamics.

MATLAB and SimMechanics can be used for a broad range of applications including the kinematics, synthesis, statics, and dynamics of mechanical systems. Both MATLAB and SimMechanics are well-established (and often the de facto standard for mathematical analysis and simulation) in colleges and universities.

There is currently a variety of textbooks available in mechanism kinematics-each book differing from the others primarily in terms of the breadth and depth of kinematics topics presented and the software packages used to implement the concepts and methods presented.

In light of the need to go beyond classical kinematics in undergraduate engineering education and fill the gap between theory and the application of theory for real-world problems, this textbook was produced.

This textbook introduces the fundamental concepts of mechanism kinematics, synthesis, statics, and dynamics for planar and spatial linkages, cam systems, gear systems and robotic manipulators by realistic illustrations and practical problems.

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