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Compliant Mechanisms with Diaphragm Flexure Hinges: Analytical, Computational, and Experimental Design

Status Complete
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 12/01/2012
End Date 07/01/2013
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
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Last Updated 01/30/2013 04:46PM
Keywords diaphragm flexure hinges


  Nicolae Lobontiu

Student Researchers
  Timothy Kirk


This project will investigate and model the response of diaphragm flexure hinges as
compliant mechanisms to static and dynamic inputs. Compliant mechanisms arc or particular interest because of their stability. robustness, and ease of manufacturing and assembly due to their solid. one-piece construction - [I]. [2]. [3]. [4). These types of devices are often used in high-precision positioning applications. such as extremely high resolution microscopy and metrology applications. Micro electromechanical mechanisms (MEMs) are small-scale devices that often utilize compliant hinges on the scale of a few micrometers to make extremely small devices such as the accelerometers found in smartphones. Because ofthc ability to readily manufacture these types of hinges, even at an extremely small scale, understanding the response behavior is extremely valuable in opening up their use in a wider range of applications.

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