Computational synthesis of large deformation compliant mechanisms undergoing self and mutual contact

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Prabhat Kumar

Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India 208016

Anupam Saxena

Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India 208016

Roger Sauer

Mechanical Engineering, AICES, RWTH Aachen University, Schinkelstrasse 2, 52056 Aachen Germany

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4041054 History: Received May 28, 2018; Revised July 29, 2018


Topologies of large deformation Contact-aided Compliant Mechanisms (CCMs), with self and mutual contact, exemplified via path generation applications, are designed using the continuum synthesis approach. Design domains are parameterized using honeycomb tessellation. Assignment of material to each cell, and generation of rigid contact surfaces, are accomplished via suitably sizing and positioning negative circular masks. To facilitate contact analysis, boundary smoothing is implemented. Mean value coordinates are employed to compute shape functions, as many regular hexagonal cells get degenerated into irregular, concave polygons as a consequence of boundary smoothing. Both, geometric and material nonlinearities are considered in the finite element analysis. The augmented Lagrange multiplier method in association with an active set strategy is employed to incorporate both self and mutual contact. CCMs are evolved using the stochastic hill climber search. Synthesized contact-aided compliant continua trace paths with single and importantly, multiple kinks and experience multiple contact interactions pertaining to both self and mutual contact modes.

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