Compliant Mechanisms

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 3, 2001 - Technology & Engineering - 459 pages
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A concise survey of compliant mechanisms-from fundamentals to state-of-the-art applications

This volume presents the newest and most effective methods for the analysis and design of compliant mechanisms. It provides a detailed review of compliant mechanisms and includes a wealth of useful design examples for engineers, students, and researchers.

Concise chapters guide the reader from simple to more challenging concepts-using examples of increasing complexity-eventually leading to real-world applications for specific types of devices. The author focuses on compliant mechanisms that can be designed using both standard linear beam equations and more advanced pseudo-rigid-body models. He describes a number of special-purpose compliant mechanisms that have use across a wide range of applications and discusses compliant mechanisms in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) with several accompanying MEMS examples.

Coverage of essential topics in strength of materials, machine design, and kinematics is provided to allow for a self-contained book that requires little additional reference to solve compliant mechanism problems. This information can be used as a refresher on the basics or as resource material for readers from other disciplines currently working in MEMS.

Compliant Mechanisms serves as both an introductory text for students and an up-to-date resource for practitioners and researchers. It provides comprehensive, expert coverage of this growing field.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
xv
FLEXIBILITY AND DEFLECTION 21
221
FAILURE PREVENTION 61
261
RIGIDLINK MECHANISMS 111
311
PSEUDORIGIDBODY MODEL 135
335
l0 Use of Commercial Mechanism Analysis Software 205
205
FORCEDEFLECTION RELATIONSHIPS 219
219
NUMERICAL METHODS 259
259
SPECIALPURPOSE MECHANISMS 337
337
BISTABLE MECHANISMS 355
355
A REFERENCES 385
385
B PROPERTIES OF SECTIONS 399
399
LINEAR ELASTIC BEAM DEFLECTIONS
407
E PSEUDORIGIDBODY MODELS
411
F EVALUATION OF ELLIPTIC INTEGRALS
421
INDEX
451

COMPLIANT MECHANISM SYNTHESIS 275
275
OPTIMAL SYNTHESIS WITH CONTINUUM MODELS 301
301

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LARRY L. HOWELL is Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

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