Development of Force-Deflection Relationships for Compliant Mechanisms
The advantages of compliant or flexible link mechanisms include increased design flexibility and reduction in manufacturing time and cost. The analysis of such mechanisms may be difficult and time consuming due to the nonlinearities introduced by large deflections. Also, unlike rigid-body mechanisms, the type and form of motion of a compliant mechanism is dependent on the location and magnitude of applied loads. The pseudo-rigid-body model concept has been developed to simplify the analysis of compliant mechanisms by allowing them to be modeled as rigid-link mechanisms with springs. This work uses the principle of virtual work and the pseudo-rigid-body model concept to develop force-deflection relationships for compliant mechanisms. Several examples are presented, and general design equations are derived for pseudo-rigid-body four-bar and slider-crank mechanisms.
L. L. Howell and A. Midha, "Development of Force-Deflection Relationships for Compliant Mechanisms," American Society of Mechanical Design, Design Engineering Division, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Jan 1994.
1994 ASME Design Technical Conferences
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Deflection (Structures0; Dynamic Loads; Mathematical Models; Numerical Analysis; Springs (Components)
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