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Towards Computer Aided Design and Analysis of Spatial Flexure Mechanisms

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Omer Anil Turkkan, Hai-Jun Su

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Paper No. DETC2016-59966, pp. V05AT07A026; 9 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5A: 40th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, August 21–24, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5015-2
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Flexure mechanisms are the central part of numerous precision instruments and devices that are used in a wide range of science and engineering applications and currently, design of flexure mechanisms often heavily relies on designers’ previous hands-on experience. Therefore, a design tool that will speed up the design process is needed and this paper will introduce a systematic approach for building the necessary equations that are based on screw theory and linear elastic theory to analyze flexure mechanisms. A digital library of commonly used flexure elements must be available for a design tool and therefore, we first present the compliance matrices of commonly used flexure components. Motion twists and force wrenches of the screw theory can be related with these compliance matrices. Then, we introduce an algorithm that constructs the required linear system equations from individual compliance equations. This algorithm is applicable to flexure mechanisms with serial, parallel or hybrid chains. Finally, the algorithm is tested with a flexure mechanisms and it is shown that this approach can be the core of a future design tool.

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