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Wide Curve Based Geometric Optimization of Compliant Mechanisms

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Hong Zhou, Kwun-Lon Ting

Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN

Paper No. DETC2005-84605, pp. 35-41; 7 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 29th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Long Beach, California, USA, September 24–28, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4744-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3766-1
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


A wide curve is a curve with width or cross-section. This paper presents a geometric optimization method of compliant mechanisms based on the free form wide curve theory. With the proposed method, geometric optimization can be performed to further improve the performance of a compliant mechanism after its topology is selected. Every connection in the topology is represented as a parametric wide curve in which variable shape and size are fully described and conveniently controlled by the limited number of parameters. The geometric optimization is formulated on the control parameters of the wide curves corresponding to all connections in the topology. Problem-dependent objectives are optimized and practical constraints are imposed during the optimization process. The optimization problem is solved by the constrained nonlinear programming algorithm in Matlab Optimization Toolbox. An example is presented to verify the effectiveness of the proposed optimization procedure.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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