Methodology for Compliant Mechanisms Design: Part I - Introduction and Large-Deflection Analysis
A broader research proposal seeks to systematically combine large-deflection mechanics of flexible elements with important kinematic considerations, in yielding compliant mechanisms which perform useful tasks. Specifically, the proposed design methodology will address the following needs: development of the necessary nomenclature, classification and definitions, and identification of the kinematic properties; categorization of mechanism synthesis types, both structurally as well as by function; development of efficient computational techniques for design; consideration of materials; and application and validation. Contained herein, in particular, is an introduction to the state-of-the-art in compliant mechanisms, and the development of an accurate chain calculation algorithm for use in the analysis of a large-deflection, cantilevered elastica. Shooting methods, which permit specification of additional boundary conditions on the elastica, as well as compliant mechanism examples are presented in a companion paper.
A. Midha et al., "Methodology for Compliant Mechanisms Design: Part I - Introduction and Large-Deflection Analysis," American Society of Mechanical Design, Design Engineering Division, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Jan 1992.
18th Annual ASME Design Automation Conference
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Algorithms; Boundary Element Method; Computational Methods; Computer Aided Analysis; Deflection (Structures); Engineering Research; Identification (Control Systems); Kinematics; Machine Design; Mechanisms
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