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American Journal of Mechanical Engineering. 2015, 3(6), 201-206
DOI: 10.12691/ajme-3-6-9
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Design of Compact Compliant Devices – Mathematical Models vs. Experiments

Jaroslav Hricko1, and Stefan Havlik1

1Institute of Informatics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

Pub. Date: December 17, 2015

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Jaroslav Hricko and Stefan Havlik. Design of Compact Compliant Devices – Mathematical Models vs. Experiments. American Journal of Mechanical Engineering. 2015; 3(6):201-206. doi: 10.12691/ajme-3-6-9


The wide range of applications requires using compact compliant structures that exhibit specific functional features different from traditional mechanisms. Therefore the design process, beside known design methods, should include procedures for mathematical modeling and performance simulation of final product. The best way is recommended to build the physical / hybrid model and to compare results from both models. This paper describes the design procedure of a micro-positioning device (gripper) based on compliant mechanisms. The complex performance test of the hybrid (mathematical – physical) model of the device are made on the test bed have been developed for this purpose. The laboratory test equipment includes linear actuator with force sensing and webcam for sensing positions / deflections. It enables experimentations in order to verify quasi real functional characteristics of the designed device with expected features from theoretical / mathematical models. Results from experimental measurements and their comparison with data from mathematical models are shown.

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