Fulleroid-Like Linkages

Kiper G.

2nd European Conference on Mechanism Science, Cassino, Italy, 17 - 20 September 2008, pp.423-430 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-1-4020-8915-2_51
  • City: Cassino
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.423-430
  • Keywords: Overconstrained Spatial Linkages, Polyhedral Linkages
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


The Fulleroid, discovered by K. Wohlhart, is a 48-link overconstrained spatial linkage which expands and contracts within a rhombic dodecahedral boundary. In this paper, some similar types of linkages are synthesized based on some observations on the Fulleroid. First an infinite class of 24-faced polyhedral linkages is described. Next the idea is generalized for polyhedra having rhombic faces. Then analyzing these linkages a basic closed chain is derived as a module and some dipyramidal and stellated polyhedral linkages are synthesized using this module.