Circular-Hinge Line Element for Finite Element Analysis of Compliant Mechanisms

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Nicolae Lobontiu, Ephrahim Garcia

Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 258 Upson Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853

J. Mech. Des 127(4), 766-773 (Jun 27, 2005) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1825046 History: Received December 17, 2003; Revised April 26, 2004; Online June 27, 2005
Copyright © 2005 by ASME
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(a) Three-dimensional view of a microswitch device based on a bending hinge; (b) three-dimensional view of a MEMS device with torsional hinges
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Geometric parameters defining the longitudinal profile of a circular flexure hinge
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Three-node line element substituting a two-dimensional mesh in a regular finite element analysis
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Nodal degrees of freedom for the three-node line finite element
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Finite element model of the circular flexure hinge used for modal simulation
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Nodal degrees of freedom for the fixed-fee analytic element




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