On the Classification of Compliant Mechanisms and Synthesis of Compliant Single-Strip Mechanisms


Compliant mechanisms, unlike rigid-body mechanisms, are devices that derive some or all of their mobility due to the deformation of their flexible members. The knowledge of existing rigid-body mechanism synthesis techniques is very useful in designing compliant mechanisms. In rigid-body mechanisms, a four-bar is treated as the basic mechanism that can transfer motion, force or energy. In this paper, a compliant single-strip continuum is introduced as the basic compliant mechanism that can transfer motion, force or energy. A classification of compliant mechanisms is presented herein. A methodology for compliant single-strip mechanism synthesis for energy, force or torque specifications is developed in this research as our second objective. The synthesis types, the governing equations, and the variables involved are enumerated.

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ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Strips; Mechanisms; Compliant Mechanisms

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2011