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Integration Method for Input-output Modeling and Error Analysis of Four-bar Polymer Compliant Micromachines

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R. J. Chang, Y. L. Wang

National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan 701, Republic of China

J. Mech. Des 121(2), 220-228 (Jun 01, 1999) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2829447 History: Received November 01, 1997; Revised February 01, 1999; Online December 11, 2007

Abstract

A methodology to integrate FEA, pseudo-linkages model, and experimental test for input-output modeling and error analysis of compliant micromachine is developed. A four-bar micromachine fabricated from polyethylene is employed for investigations. The integration of FEA and pseudo-linkages model is simulated through the equivalence of force system and strain energy along with motion estimated under kinematic constraints. The method to integrate linear FEA and experimental test is realized through the information of stress and strain along with the data average and offset compensation of experimental creep-recovery process. Two types of four-bar micro-machines with either convex or concave joint are selected to investigate the effects of variations of compliant joints under loading. Proportional factor and indices of RMS error are defined to help the selection of joint types in the micromachines. The validity of utilizing linear model is finally supported by experimental test through data analysis and processing.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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