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A Software for Kinetostatic Synthesis of Compliant Mechanisms

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Omer Anil Turkkan, Hai-Jun Su

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Paper No. DETC2015-47578, pp. V05CT08A029; 8 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5C: 39th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5714-4
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


This paper presents a computer program for kinetostatic synthesis for design automation of compliant mechanisms. Kinetostatic synthesis is solving the geometric (e.g. link lengths) and elastic parameters (e.g. spring constants) for a prescribed set of kinematic and static force specifications. Although many kinematic synthesis algorithms and methods for compliant mechanism synthesis are available, a unified software tool that integrates algorithms and methods is yet to be developed. In our previous work, we have developed a unified framework for kinematic and static analysis of rigid body and compliant mechanisms. In this work, we extend this framework to kinetostatic synthesis of compliant mechanisms. Optimization algorithms for kinetostatic synthesis problems are presented and examples from different kinetostatic synthesis modules such as the bistable and constant force compliant mechanisms are given to demonstrate the current capability.

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