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Construction of the Design Space of Single-Loop Change-Point Mechanisms

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Craig P. Lusk, Larry L. Howell

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Paper No. DETC2004-57503, pp. 1325-1338; 14 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


Change-point mechanisms are shown to be significant in the design of surface micromachined MEMS. The design space of change-point mechanisms is derived for an arbitrary single loop change-point mechanism using a global and local approach. A function on the design space, the mechanism’s length, is constructed for fourbars. An inversion operator, a mapping from the design space to the design space, is also constructed for fourbars. The method for constructing the function and the operator is shown to be capable of extension to single loop change-point mechanisms with five or more links. The results give insight into design possibilities and limitations of change-point mechanisms.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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