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Large Stroke Performance Optimization of Spatial Flexure Hinges

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D. H. Wiersma, S. E. Boer, R. G. K. M. Aarts

University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

D. M. Brouwer

University of Twente, Enschede, The NetherlandsDEMCON Advanced Mechatronics, Oldenzaal, The Netherlands

Paper No. DETC2012-70502, pp. 115-124; 10 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 1st Biennial International Conference on Dynamics for Design; 14th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4505-9
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Flexure hinges inherently lose stiffness in supporting directions when deflected. In this paper a method is presented for optimizing the geometry of flexure hinges, while supporting stiffnesses are retained. These hinges are subjected to a load and deflected an angle of up to ±20°. The measure of performance is defined by the first unwanted eigenfrequency, which is closely related to the supporting stiffnesses. During the optimization, constraints are applied to the actuation moment and the maximum occurring stress. Evaluations of three cross flexure hinge types and a butterfly flexure hinge are presented. A flexible multibody modeling approach is used for efficient modeling. Each of these hinge types is described by a parameterized geometric model. The obtained optimal hinge designs are validated with a finite element model and show good agreement. The optimal solution of the butterfly flexure hinge shows the least decrease in the supporting stiffnesses of the evaluated hinges.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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