A Link is a Rigid or Resistant body having two or more Pairing Elements which when connected to other bodies Transmits Force or Motion. It is also known as Kinematic Link or Element.
Different Types of Kinematic Link :
- Kinematic Link based connection type
- Binary Link
- Ternary Link
- Quaternary Link
- Kinematic Link based on Physical Characteristics
- Rigid Link
- Flexible Link
- Fluid Link
- Binary Link : Binary Link has two pairing elements.
- Ternary Link : Ternary Link has Three pairing elements.
- Quaternary Link : Quaternary Link has Four pairing elements.
- Rigid Link : Rigid Link is a link which does not undergo any deformation while transmitting motion. Example for rigid link are Connecting Rod, Piston, etc. Rigid links does not exist practically, bodies are assumed to be rigid. There is a negligible amount of deformation exists in Rigid Link.
- Flexible Link : Flexible link is a link which deforms partly without affecting the transmission of motion. Example for Flexible link are Brake Wire, Belt Drive, Rope Drive, etc.
- Fluid Link : Fluid link is a link which has a fluid in the receptacle and the motion is transmitted through the fluid by pressure or compression. Example for Fluid Link are Hydraulic Crane, Jack, Brake, etc.