Topological synthesis of compliant mechanisms using multi-criteria optimization

M. I. Frecker, G. K. Ananthasuresh, S. Nishiwaki, N. Kikuchi, S. Kota

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Compliant mechanisms are mechanical devices that achieve motion via elastic deformation. A new method for topological synthesis of single-piece compliant mechanisms is presented, using a “design for required deflection” approach. A simple beam example is used to illustrate this concept and to provide the motivation for a new multi-criteria approach for compliant mechanism design. This new approach handles motion and loading requirements simultaneously for a given set of input force and output deflection specifications. Both a truss ground structure and a two-dimensional continuum are used in the implementation which is illustrated with design examples?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-245
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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