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Integrating mechanism synthesis and topological optimization technique for stiffness-oriented design of a three degrees-of-freedom flexure-based parallel mechanism

2015

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This paper introduces a new design approach to synthesize multiple degrees-of-freedom (DOF) flexure-based parallel mechanism (FPM). Termed as an integrated design approach, it is a systematic design methodology, which integrates both classical mechanism synthesis and modern topology optimization technique, to deliver an optimized multi-DOF FPM. This design approach is separated into two levels. At sub-chain level, a novel topology optimization technique, which uses the classical linkage mechanisms as DNA seeds, is used to synthesize the compliant joints or limbs. At configuration level, the optimal compliant joints are used to form the parallel limbs of the multi-DOF FPM and another stage of optimization was conducted to determine the optimal space distribution between these compliant joints so as to generate a multi-DOF FPM with optimized stiffness characteristic. In this paper, the design of a 3-DOF planar motion FPM was used to demonstrate the effectiveness and accuracy of this proposed design approach.

Author(s): Lum, Guo Zhan and Teo, Tat Joo and Yang, Guilin and Yeo, Song Huat and Sitti, Metin
Journal: Precision Engineering
Volume: 39
Pages: 125--133
Year: 2015
Month: January
Publisher: Elsevier

Department(s): Physical Intelligence
Bibtex Type: Article (article)

DOI: 10.1016/j.precisioneng.2014.07.012

BibTex

@article{lum2015integrating,
  title = {Integrating mechanism synthesis and topological optimization technique for stiffness-oriented design of a three degrees-of-freedom flexure-based parallel mechanism},
  author = {Lum, Guo Zhan and Teo, Tat Joo and Yang, Guilin and Yeo, Song Huat and Sitti, Metin},
  journal = {Precision Engineering},
  volume = {39},
  pages = {125--133},
  publisher = {Elsevier},
  month = jan,
  year = {2015},
  month_numeric = {1}
}