Design of compliant mechanisms for amplification of induced strain actuators

Shawn Canfield, Mary I. Frecker

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The focus of this paper is on designing compliant mechanism amplifiers for piezoelectric actuators using a topology optimization approach Two optimization formulations are developed: one in which the overall stroke amplification or geometric advantage (GA) is maximized, and another where the mechanical efficiency (ME) of the amplifier is maximized. Two solution strategies are used. Sequential Lineal' Programming (SLP) and an Optimality Criteria method, and results are compared with respect to computation tirne and mechanism performance. Design examples illustrate the characteristics of both problem formulations, and physical prototypes have been fabricated as proof of concept. An automated detail design procedure has also been developed which allows the topology optimization results obtained in MATLAB to be directly translated into a neutral 3-D solid geometry format for import into other CAE programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication25th Design Automation Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780791819715
StatePublished - 1999
EventASME 1999 Design Engineering Technical Conferences, DETC 1999 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Sep 12 1999Sep 16 1999

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference


ConferenceASME 1999 Design Engineering Technical Conferences, DETC 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation


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