Abstract

This work discusses the dynamic predictions of compliant mechanisms using the Pseudo-Rigid-Body model (PRBM). In order to improve the number of mechanisms that can be modeled, this research develops and identifies several key concepts in the behavior of beam segments where both ends are fixed to a rigid body (fixed-fixed flexible segments). A model is presented, and several examples are discussed. The dynamic behavior of several compliant segments is predicted using the PRBM and the results are compared to finite element analysis and experimental results. Details are presented as to the transient behavior of a typical uniform rectangular cross section beam. The results of this study are extended and applied to compliant planar mechanisms. It is shown by comparison with finite element analysis and experimental results that the PRBM is a good model of the physical system's dynamic behavior. The method is also demonstrated for use with compliant microelectromechanical (MEMS) systems.

Degree

PhD

College and Department

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Mechanical Engineering

Rights

http://lib.byu.edu/about/copyright/

Date Submitted

2003-04-15

Document Type

Dissertation

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd219

Keywords

compliant mechanisms, MEMS, dynamics, dynamic predictions, dynamic behavior, beam segment behavior, planar mechanisms, microelectromechanical systems, MEMS, Pseudo-Rigid-Body model, PRBM

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