A 3D multilayer wide curve is a spatial curve with variable cross sections and multiple materials. The performance of multimaterial compliant mechanisms and structures is enhanced by integrating multiple materials into one-piece configurations. This paper introduces a geometric modeling method for spatial multimaterial compliant mechanisms and structures by using 3D multilayer wide curves. Based on the introduced modeling method, a geometric synthesis approach is proposed. In this paper, every connection in a spatial multimaterial compliant mechanism or structure is represented by a 3D multilayer wide curve and the whole compliant mechanism or structure is modeled as a set of connected wide curves. The geometric modeling and synthesis are considered as the generation and optimization of the control parameters of the corresponding 3D multilayer wide curves. The performance of spatial multimaterial compliant mechanisms and structures is evaluated by the isoparametric degenerate-continuum nonlinear finite element procedure. The problem-dependent objectives are optimized and the practical constraints are imposed during the synthesis process. The effectiveness of the proposed geometric modeling and synthesis procedures is verified by the demonstrated examples.
Geometric Modeling and Synthesis of Spatial Multimaterial Compliant Mechanisms and Structures Using Three-Dimensional Multilayer Wide Curves
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Zhou, H., and Ting, K. (December 11, 2008). "Geometric Modeling and Synthesis of Spatial Multimaterial Compliant Mechanisms and Structures Using Three-Dimensional Multilayer Wide Curves." ASME. J. Mech. Des. January 2009; 131(1): 011005. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3013355
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