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Moment-Dependent Pseudo-Rigid-Body Models for Straight Beams

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Diego A. Espinosa

Belac, LLC, Tampa, FL

Craig P. Lusk

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Paper No. DETC2010-29230, pp. 715-722; 8 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


This paper introduces a parametric beam model for describing the kinematics and elastic properties of ortho-planar compliant beams subject to specific buckling loads. This model uses an approach similar to the Pseudo-Rigid-Body Model but differs that in a key parameter, the characteristic radius factor, is not a constant, but a rational function of the moment. The rational function coefficients are determined by least squares, along with the statistical significance of the coefficients. Results are calculated for straight beams for two cases: a vertical displacement and a horizontal displacement.

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