What is a Mechanism?
Within a machine or machinery, a mechanism can be defined as any tool used to convert or control motion or transmit control or power. A mechanism modifies input forces and movement into a set of output forces and movement that the user desires.
What is an Example of a Mechanism?
A good example of a mechanism is a seesaw. In a seesaw, motion is transferred evenly across a providing there are equal amounts of force at each end.
Another example of a mechanism is a lever. Direction, strength and amount of movement to an object are all controlled by a lever.
More Examples Of Mechanisms
Here are some examples of items which are considered to be mechanisms.
- Gears and gear trains
- Belt and chain drives
- Friction devices, including brakes and clutches
- Structural components, including a frame, fasteners, bearings, springs, lubricants
- Various elements of a machine, including splines, pins, and keys