Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

Fatigue Life Prediction and Optimal Design of a Flexure Based Micro-Motion Stage

[+] Author Affiliations
Qiliang Wang, Xianmin Zhang

South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Paper No. IMECE2013-63581, pp. V010T11A034; 13 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Micro- and Nano-Systems Engineering and Packaging
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 15–21, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5639-0
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


This paper presents a fatigue-based method for optimal design of a flexure based 3-RRR compliant micro-motion stage, which is driven by three piezoelectric actuators (PZT). As this compliant stage obtains motions from the deflection of its flexure hinges, fatigue failure becomes its major failure mode. The aim of this paper is to provide a method to predict the fatigue life of the stage and redesign it by considering fatigue strength. Firstly, the motion transformation matrix, which reveals the relation between output displacement vector of moving platform and three input displacements of PZT actuators, is established by using the finite element method. Then, the force vectors of all the twelve flexure elements in the stage can be derived. Secondly, the fatigue properties of circular flexure hinge are discussed by considering the effects of flexure dimension parameters, non-zero mean stress, surface conditions and et al. Combined with the material stress life curve and the fatigue strength of the flexure hinges, fatigue life prediction of the micro-motion stage can be carried out by utilizing the nominal stress approach. The aforementioned micro-motion stage, which is optimized based on maximum stress constraint, is presented as an example to illustrate the fatigue life prediction procedure. And the predicted results of fatigue lives in specified condition indicate that fatigue lives of all flexure hinges in the stage differ drastically. In this condition, the stage will fail prematurely due to the most vulnerable hinge. So, the design method based on static strength may lead to unsafe or uneconomic design of the stage. Finally, a fatigue based optimal design method is introduced to redesign the flexure based micro-motion stage. The stage dimensions and the flexure hinge geometry are considered as design variables. The maximum motion range is set as the objective function. And the fatigue strength of flexures is taken as constraint, as well as the natural frequency of the stage and the input force capacity of PZT actuators. A micro-motion stage with optimal dimension parameters is obtained at last. Numerical results show that the optimal stage has a good comprehensive properties and can endure a infinite cycles.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



Interactive Graphics


Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In