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On the Classification of Compliant Mechanisms and Synthesis of Compliant Single-Strip Mechanisms

[+] Author Affiliations
Ashok Midha

Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO

Sharath K. Kolachalam

Foro Energy, Inc., Littleton, CO

Yuvaraj Annamalai

Airbus Americas Engineering, Wichita, KS

Paper No. DETC2011-48845, pp. 261-273; 13 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2011-48845
From:
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 35th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5483-9
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME

abstract

Compliant mechanisms, unlike rigid-body mechanisms, are devices that derive some or all of their mobility due to the deformation of their flexible members. The knowledge of existing rigid-body mechanism synthesis techniques is very useful in designing compliant mechanisms. In rigid-body mechanisms, a four-bar is treated as the basic mechanism that can transfer motion, force or energy. In this paper, a compliant single-strip continuum is introduced as the basic compliant mechanism that can transfer motion, force or energy. A classification of compliant mechanisms is presented herein. A methodology for compliant single-strip mechanism synthesis for energy, force or torque specifications is developed in this research as our second objective. The synthesis types, the governing equations, and the variables involved are enumerated.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME

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