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Design of a Bistable Compliant Locking Mechanism for New Generation Mirror Actuators

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Phaniendra Somraj, Hung-Yao Hsu

University of South Australia

Paper No. IMECE2005-79480, pp. 1021-1029; 9 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Handling, Parts A and B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division and Materials Handling Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4223-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


A New Generation Spherical Actuator is designed for rear view mirrors in modern automobiles. The present paper portrays the design of a bistable compliant locking mechanism for this New Generation Mirror Actuator. A Functionally binary pinned-pinned segment is also designed for bistability. Discussion on related topics like bistable mechanisms, compliant mechanisms and rigid body mechanisms becomes the foundation for this research. A testing rig is constructed here to test the design. The design met the required attributes to be compliant and bistable, and it also emphasized on decreasing the number of parts in the whole assembly of the spherical actuator to minimize the total production cost.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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