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Homework Help: Degree of Freedom (Kutzbach Criterion)

  1. Sep 4, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    To figure out the degree of freedom of a mechanism in 3D space. The resulting diagram is in the attachment. It consists of 6 revolute joints and 1 prismatic joint. All joints act in the z-x plane besides joint 1 which revolves around the z axis (i.e moves the mechanism into the y plane)

    2. Relevant equations
    n = number of links
    j= number of joints
    fi= Total degree of freedom of the joints
    fp= Reduandant/idle degree of freedom

    3. The attempt at a solution
    with n=7 and j=6 and fi=6 i get 6 degree of freedom. Even though i know the answer should be 4 degree of freedom which means that fp=2 however i do not know how to explain this which i am required to do. My initial thoughts were to say that since joints 2 and 4 both provide the same motion that one of them is redundant. Am i on the right track. Any help would be appreciated

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