Title

Analyzing the Stability Properties of Kaleidocycles

Keywords

kaleidocycle, stable states, energy minima, compliant mechanisms

Abstract

Kaleidocycles are continuously rotating n-jointed linkages. We consider a certain class of six-jointed kaleidocycles which have a spring at each joint. For this class of kaleidocycles, stored energy varies throughout the rotation process in a nonconstant, cyclic pattern. The purpose of this paper is to model and provide an analysis of the stored energy of a kaleidocycle throughout its motion. In particular, we will solve analytically for the number of stable equilibrium states for any kaleidocycle in this class.

Original Publication Citation

Safsten CC, Fillmore TT, Logan AA, Halverson DD, Howell LL. Analyzing the Stability Properties of Kaleidocycles. ASME. J. Appl. Mech.2016;83(5):051001-051001-13. doi:10.1115/1.4032572.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2016-05-31

Permanent URL

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/3530

Publisher

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Language

English

College

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

Department

Mechanical Engineering