Dynamically Actuated Clamp
Original Publication Date: 1989-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Disclosed is a mechanism that accomplishes the clamping of flat rectangular glass of various sizes for rotational speeds of up to 500 rpm. As shown in the drawing, glass D is placed in fixed arm B/floating arm C assembly. The motor begins rotating. Glass D slips on smooth surface of fixed arm B captivating glass D corners. Glass D becomes a load bearing member and contacts floating arm C. The slippage of glass D on the smooth surface of floating arm C allows captivation of remaining two glass D corners. During the acceleration phase, the tangential clamping force is predominant. At constant velocity, gyroscopic effects provide stability while tangential clamping force minimizes. Out-of-balance forces are countered by the integrity of the arms in the radial direction.