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Design and Control of Path-Following Compliant Mechanisms

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Colby C. Swan, Salam F. Rahmatalla

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Paper No. DETC2004-57441, pp. 1173-1181; 9 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 28th Biennial Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, September 28–October 2, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4695-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3742-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


A control algorithm to manipulate the input actuation forces on hinge-free compliant mechanism models synthesized utilizing continuum topology optimization formulations is implemented and successfully tested in this work, such that the mechanisms follow their specified trajectories and nearby trajectories with high degree of accuracy even when confronted with different resistance forces. The validity of the proposed formulations is tested and demonstrated on number of practical problems involving finite deformation.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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