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 tostate-of-the-art applications

This volume presents the newest and most effective methods for theanalysis and design of compliant mechanisms. It provides a detailedreview of compliant mechanisms and includes a wealth of usefuldesign examples for engineers, students, and researchers.

Concise chapters guide the reader from simple to more challengingconcepts-using examples of increasing complexity-eventually leadingto real-world applications for specific types of devices. Theauthor focuses on compliant mechanisms that can be designed usingboth standard linear beam equations and more advancedpseudo-rigid-body models. He describes a number of special-purposecompliant mechanisms that have use across a wide range ofapplications and discusses compliant mechanisms inmicroelectromechanical systems (MEMS) with several accompanyingMEMS examples.

Coverage of essential topics in strength of materials, machinedesign, and kinematics is provided to allow for a self-containedbook that requires little additional reference to solve compliantmechanism problems. This information can be used as a refresher onthe basics or as resource material for readers from otherdisciplines currently working in MEMS.

Compliant Mechanisms serves as both an introductory text forstudents and an up-to-date resource for practitioners andresearchers. It provides comprehensive, expert coverage of thisgrowing 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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About the author (2001)

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

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