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Optimal Synthesis of Compliant Mechanisms Using a Connectivity Preserving Level Set Method

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Shikui Chen, Michael Yu Wang, Shengyin Wang, Qi Xia

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Paper No. DETC2005-84748, pp. 51-60; 10 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


We present a level set based method for optimal design of compliant mechanisms. The focus of the investigation is on how to preserve the structural connectivity in the optimization process of the level set method. By introducing an extra constraint using the connected components labeling technique, the structural connectivity of the design is well maintained during the topology optimization process.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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