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Handbook of Compliant Mechanismsby Larry L. Howell
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A fully illustrated reference book giving an easy-to-understand introduction to compliant mechanisms
A broad compilation of compliant mechanisms to give inspiration and guidance to those interested in using compliant mechanisms in their designs, the Handbook of Compliant Mechanisms includes graphics and descriptions of many compliant mechanisms. It comprises an extensive categorization of devices that can be used to help readers identify compliant mechanisms related to their application. It also provides chapters on the basic background in compliant mechanisms, the categories of compliant mechanisms, and an example of how the Compendium can be used to facilitate compliant mechanism design.
Intended as an introduction to the area, the Handbook avoids technical jargon to assist non engineers involved in product design, inventors and engineers in finding clever solutions to problems of design and function.
Provides guidance and inspiration for developing compliant mechanisms
Compliant mechanisms offer advantages such as increased performance (for example, high precision, low weight, low friction), lower cost (such as simplified manufacture, low part count), and ability to miniaturize (they make possible micro and nano mechanical devices). However, because compliant mechanisms are relatively new compared to more traditional devices, it is difficult to find examples and resources to guide them device designers in their work.
The Handbook of Compliant Mechanisms provides a resource to those interested in exploiting the unique advantages of compliant mechanisms. It includes a concise summary of modelling and design methods, plus a broad compilation of compliant mechanisms that will provide inspiration and guidance for new designs. Other chapters provide basic background in compliant mechanisms, summaries of the major methods for their modelling and design, and an example of how the Handbook can be used to facilitate compliant mechanism design.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgement of Contributors
Part One Introduction to Compliant Mechanisms
1 Introduction to Compliant Mechanisms
2 Using the Handbook to Design Devices
Part Two Modeling of Compliant Mechanisms
3 Modeling of Intermediate Deflection Flexures
4 Modeling of Large Deflection Members
5 Modeling Mechanisms using the Pseudo-Rigid-Body Model
5A Pseudo-Rigid-Body Example
Part Three Synthesis of Compliant Mechanisms
6 Synthesis through Freedom and Constraint Topologies
7 Synthesis through Topology Optimization
8 Synthesis through Rigid-Body Replacement
9 Synthesis through Use of Building Blocks
Part Four Library of Compliant Mechanisms
10 Library Organization
11 Elements of Mechanisms
13 Example Application
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