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Type Synthesis Principle and Practice of Flexure Systems in the Framework of Screw Theory: Part III—Numerations and Synthesis of Flexure Mechanisms

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

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. DETC2010-28963, pp. 619-628; 10 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 flexure mechanisms with high precision or large motion and both. Therefore, in Part III of this series of papers we demonstrate how to use the methodology addressed in Part I to synthesize concepts for two kinds of flexure mechanisms, i.e. kinematics-type flexure mechanisms (KFMs) and constraint-type flexure mechanisms (CFMs) with the specified-DOF (Degree of Freedom) characteristics. Although most of them utilize parallel configurations and flexure elements, there is a clear difference in the behavior of flexures between KFMs and CFMs, The resultant type synthesis approaches fall into two distinct categories i.e. freedom-based and constraint-based one, both of which have presented in Part I. In order to derive useful flexure mechanism concepts available for different applications, a general design philosophy and rules are summarized firstly. As the main content of this part, the classifications, numerations, and synthesis for KFMs and CFMs are made in a systematic way. As a result, a majority of new precision flexure mechanisms are developed. In addition, qualitative comparisons are provided to demonstrate the performance and application differences between kinematic-type and constraint-type flexure mechanisms with the same DOF.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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