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Presentation of a Mechanism with a Maltese Cross (Geneva Driver)

Florian Ion Tiberiu Petrescu1, Taher M. Abu-Lebdeh2 and Antonio Apicella3
  • 1 Bucharest Polytechnic University, Romania
  • 2 North Carolina A and T State Univesity, United States
  • 3 Second University of Naples, Italy


The paper presents briefly a mechanism with a cross of Malta. The mechanisms with a Maltese cross (Geneva driver) are present in automation, robotics, mechanical transmissions, continuous variable transmissions, old clocks, especially when it comes to transmitting forces and high moments, being used instead of or with the gears. The geometry of the mechanism consisting of two elements, the kinematics and the forces appearing in this mechanism with a fourth-class upper coupler, are studied very briefly. By studying the forces that appear within the mechanism couple, a dynamic study is also carried out.

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 11 No. 2, 2018, 891-900


Submitted On: 8 May 2018 Published On: 26 May 2018

How to Cite: Tiberiu Petrescu, F. I., Abu-Lebdeh, T. M. & Apicella, A. (2018). Presentation of a Mechanism with a Maltese Cross (Geneva Driver). American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 11(2), 891-900.

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  • Maltese Cross
  • Geneva Driver
  • Robots
  • Manipulators
  • Automation
  • Engines
  • Mechanical Transmissions
  • Kinematics
  • Forces
  • Dynamics
  • Dynamic Kinematics
  • Dynamic Forces