Origami-inspired design is an emerging field capable of producing compact and efficient designs. The object of a surrogate fold is to provide a fold-like motion in a non-paper material without undergoing yielding. Compliant mechanisms provide a means to achieve these objectives as large deflections are achieved. The purpose of this thesis is to present a summary of existing compliant joints suitable for use as surrogate folds. In doing so, motions are characterized which no existing compliant joint provides. A series of compliant joints is proposed which provides many of these motions. The possibility of patterning compliant joints to form an array is discussed. Arrays capable of producing interesting motions are noted.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Mechanical Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Delimont, Isaac L., "Compliant Joints Suitable for Use as Surrogate Folds" (2014). All Theses and Dissertations. 4231.
compliant mechanisms, origami-inspired design, surrogate folds, flexible hinge, monolithic hinge, lamina emergent mechanism