RESEARCH PAPERS: Mechanisms and Robotics Papers

An Introduction to Mechanical Advantage in Compliant Mechanisms

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B. A. Salamon

Dow Chemical Company Midland, MI 48667

A. Midha

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO 65409

J. Mech. Des 120(2), 311-315 (Jun 01, 1998) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2826974 History: Received March 01, 1998; Revised April 01, 1998; Online December 11, 2007


An energy approach is utilized to determine mechanical advantage in compliant mechanisms by duly accounting for lost work due to deformation. Three mechanical advantage types are then defined which examine the isolated influences of various parameters. Finally, a case study is investigated to exemplify these definitions and demonstrate resulting trends in mechanical advantage.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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