Compliant mechanical amplifier design using multiple optimally placed actuators

Smita Bharti, Mary I. Frecker

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The paper discusses a methodology for designing compliant mechanisms with piezoelectric actuation to obtain maximized deflection and force at output. The focus is on design of compliant mechanisms with multiple optimally placed and sized piezoelectric actuators. Thus the number, length and position of actuators in the body of the compliant mechanism are optimized in addition to maximizing the output deflection and force. Results demonstrate that compliant mechanisms with multiple, optimally placed actuators out-perform those with a single actuator placed at a predetermined location.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-146
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Aerospace Division (Publication) AD
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Event2003 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress - Washington, DC., United States
Duration: Nov 15 2003Nov 21 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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