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Type Synthesis Principle and Practice of Flexure Systems in the Framework of Screw Theory: Part II—Numerations and Synthesis of Complex Flexible Joints

[+] Author Affiliations
J. J. Yu, X. Pei, S. Z. Li

Beihang University, Beijing, China

Hai-jun Su

University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

J. B. Hopkins, M. L. Culpepper

Massachusetts Intitute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Paper No. DETC2010-28794, pp. 553-561; 9 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 34th Annual Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4410-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3881-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In recent years, the increasing of application requirements call for development of a variety of high-performance (e.g. large-displacement, high-precision) flexible joints. In this paper we demonstrate how to use the proposed methodology for the type synthesis of flexure systems given in the companion paper to synthesize concepts for complex flexible joints. According to the joint characteristics other than other flexure systems, a basic design philosophy and a general type synthesis process for flexible joints are presented firstly. The numerations and type synthesis for four commonly used flexible joint types, i.e. flexible revolute joints (FRJs), flexible translational joints (FTJs), flexible universal joints (FUJs), and flexible spherical joints (FSJs) are investigated in detail. As a result, not only a variety of known flexible joints are systematically surveyed and classified, but also are some new flexible joints developed. The output of this process is the derivation of a multiple of flexible joint concepts that would then be modeled and optimized by existing modeling and analysis methods.

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