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.

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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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Article - Conference proceedings

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© 1992 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Jan 1992

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