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A Proposed Extendable Classification Scheme for Compliant Mechanisms

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Brian M. Olsen, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Jonathan B. Hopkins, Martin L. Culpepper

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Paper No. DETC2009-87290, pp. 269-276; 8 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 33rd Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, August 30–September 2, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4904-0 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3856-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Limited resources are currently available to assist engineers in implementing compliant members into mechanical designs. As a result, engineers often have little to no direction incorporating compliance, though compliant mechanisms have characteristics that prove to be more advantageous in some circumstances. This paper proposes a classification scheme for compliant elements and mechanisms that can be used to compose a reference source intended to help engineers find existing compliant designs they can incorporate in their own designs. The classification scheme decomposes compliant mechanisms and elements of compliant mechanisms according to their respective functions.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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