American Journal of Applied Sciences

Methodology of Compliant Mechanisms and its Current Developments in Applications: A Review

Solehuddin Shuib, M.I.Z. Ridzwan and A. Halim Kadarman

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2007.160.167

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 4, Issue 3

Pages 160-167


Traditional rigid-body mechanisms consist of a number of components to implement their functions. Therefore they face problems such as backlash, wear, increase in part-count, weight, assembly cost and time, regular maintenance. Reducing these problems will help in increasing mechanism performance and cost reduction. Recently, there are several examples of compliant mechanisms that have been designed and widely used in various fields such as for adaptive structures, biomedical, hand-held tools, components in transportations, MEMS and robotics. However, the largest challenge was relative difficulty in analyzing and designing compliant mechanisms. Two approaches known in the literature for the systematic synthesis of compliant mechanisms are the kinematics-based approach and the structural optimisation based approach.


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