Topological synthesis of compliant mechanisms using multi-criteria optimization

Mary I. Frecker, G. K. Ananthasuresh, S. Nishiwaki, N. Kikuchi, S. Kota

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Abstract

Compliant mechanisms are mechanical devices that achieve motion via elastic deformation. A new method for topological synthesis of single-piece compliant mechanisms is presented, using a “design for required deflection” approach. A simple beam example is used to illustrate this concept and to provide the motivation for a new multi-criteria approach for compliant mechanism design. This new approach handles motion and loading requirements simultaneously for a given set of input force and output deflection specifications. Both a truss ground structure and a two-dimensional continuum are used in the implementation which is illustrated with design examples?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-245
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions Of the ASME
Volume119
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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Frecker, Mary I. ; Ananthasuresh, G. K. ; Nishiwaki, S. ; Kikuchi, N. ; Kota, S. / Topological synthesis of compliant mechanisms using multi-criteria optimization. In: Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions Of the ASME. 1997 ; Vol. 119, No. 2. pp. 238-245.
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In: Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions Of the ASME, Vol. 119, No. 2, 01.01.1997, p. 238-245.

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