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A New Self-Adjusting CVT Configuration Using Compliant Mechanisms

[+] Author Affiliations
Myles T. Christensen

Graco Children’s Products, Elverson, PA

Spencer P. Magleby, Larry L. Howell, Robert H. Todd

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Clint Mortensen

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ

Paper No. IMECE2002-39000, pp. 217-233; 17 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3625-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This paper introduces a new configuration of a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that is self-adjusting and designed as a compliant mechanism. This new configuration is called the Pivot-Arm CVT. The criteria for classification as a Pivot-Arm CVT is discussed. An analytical model describing the performance of the Pivot-Arm CVT is developed. Special design considerations which may be useful in implementing Pivot-Arm CVTs are introduced and explained. The Pivot-Arm CVT model is validated through controlled testing of two Pivot-Arm CVT prototypes.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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