Reduction of Stress in Plastic Compliant Mechanisms by Introducing Metallic Reinforcement
A method is provided and validated for redesigning compliant segments to improve their fatigue, creep, and stress relaxation performance. The method reduces the bending stress in the polymer portion of the compliant segment without the need for overall mechanism redesign, by introducing metallic reinforcement and by matching the force-deflection response of the redesigned segment to that of the baseline segment. An example redesign case study is presented and validated with experimental testing using a unique deflection testing device designed for fixed-free compliant mechanisms. This vein of research is undertaken using metallic reinforcement (inserts) toward the development of a new class of compliant mechanisms with significantly greater performance, particularly insofar as the problems of fatigue and creep are concerned.
J. Crews et al., "Reduction of Stress in Plastic Compliant Mechanisms by Introducing Metallic Reinforcement," Proceedings of the ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (2017, Cleveland, OH), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Aug 2017.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2017-68426
ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2017 (2017: Aug. 6-9, Cleveland, OH)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Creep; Design; Mechanisms; Reinforcement; Stress relaxation; Bending stress; Experimental testing; Force deflection response; Metallic reinforcements; Testing device; Compliant mechanisms
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Article - Conference proceedings
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