Generalized shooting method for analyzing compliant mechanisms

Chao-Chieh Lan, Kok Meng Lee

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We consider here a class of compliant mechanisms that consist of one or more flexible beams, the manipulation of which relies on the deflection of the flexible beams. As compared with traditional rigid-body mechanisms, compliant mechanisms have the advantages of no relative moving parts and thus involve no wear, backlash, noises and lubrication. In this paper, we present a formulation based on shooting method (SM) along with two numerical solvers to facilitate the analysis and the design process of a compliant mechanism. Unlike finite difference method (FDM) or finite element method (FEM) that offers accurate solutions at discrete nodes, the computed solution of SM, which treats the boundary value problem (BVP) as an initial value problem, is continuous. Three example compliant mechanisms are formulated to illustrate the generalized shooting method and the computed results are validated by comparing those obtained using FEM.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2005 Apr 182005 Apr 22


Other2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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