It is very important to synthesize as many feasible kinematic structures of mechanisms as possible in the conceptual design of mechanisms. Besides simple joint mechanisms, multiple joint mechanisms are also widely used in various mechanical systems. This paper proposes an automatic method for the synthesis of planar multiple joint kinematic chains which are seldom addressed in literature. The bicolor topological graph and the bicolor contracted graph are adopted to represent the topological structures of multiple joint kinematic chains. The characteristic number string of bicolor topological graphs is proposed and used to detect efficiently isomorphism in the synthesis progress. A systematic method for the synthesis of kinematic chains with one multiple joint is proposed, and the whole families of multiple joint kinematic chains with up to 16 links and all possible degrees of freedom are obtained for the first time.

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