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A Design Method Based on Ant Colony Optimization for Compliant Mechanisms: Introduction and Application to a Surgical Tool

[+] Author Affiliations
L. Rubbert, P. Renaud, J. Gangloff

University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France

Paper No. DETC2012-70383, pp. 229-238; 10 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 36th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4503-5
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This paper presents a design method dedicated to compliant mechanisms, with emphasis on the use of ant colony optimization to determine the optimal geometry of a mechanism. Ant colony optimization is of particular interest because it does not need any fine tuning of its internal parameters. This robustness and the efficiency of the design method are assessed in the context of the design of a surgical tool. The method is then used to propose a new architecture for an active cardiac stabilizer with integrated actuation, contrary to existing architectures.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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