Understanding speed and force ratios for compliant mechanisms

Thomas G. Sugar, Matthew Holgate

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Active, compliant mechanisms with powered joints and compliant, spring-based links are beneficial at reducing input loads and power requirements by changing both the speed and force ratios. In these mechanisms, the speed and force ratios are a function of mechanism geometry and the load applied to the output link. Both ratios are analysed for a classic slider crank linkage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMechanisms and Machine Science
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages13
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Publication series

NameMechanisms and Machine Science
ISSN (Print)2211-0984
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Sugar, T. G., & Holgate, M. (2013). Understanding speed and force ratios for compliant mechanisms. In Mechanisms and Machine Science (pp. 117-129). (Mechanisms and Machine Science; Vol. 14). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-00398-6_9