kinetostatic modeling, dynamic modeling, flexure-based, compliant mechanisms, mechanical engineering


Flexure-based compliant mechanisms are becoming increasingly promising in precision engineering, robotics and other applications due to the excellent advantages of no friction, no backlash, no wear, and minimal requirement of assembly. Because compliant mechanisms have inherent coupling of kinematic- mechanical behaviors with large deflections and/or complex serial-parallel configurations, the kinetostatic and dynamic analyses are challenging in comparison to their rigid-body counterparts. To address these challenges, a variety of techniques have been reported in a growing stream of publications. This paper surveys and compares the conceptual ideas, key advances, applicable scopes and open problems of the state-of-the-art kinetostatic and dynamic modeling methods for compliant mechanisms in terms of small and large deflections. Future challenges are discussed and new opportunities for extended study are highlighted as well. The presented review provides a guide on how to select suitable modeling approaches for those engaged in the field of compliant mechanisms.

Original Publication Citation

Ling, M., Howell, L.L., Cao, J., Chen, G., “Kinetostatic and Dynamic Modeling of Flexure-Based Compliant Mechanisms: A Survey,” ASME Applied Mechanics Reviews, Vol. 72, 030802-1 to 030802-19, doi: 10.1115/1.4045679. 2020.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date



ASME Applied Mechanics Reviews




Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering


Mechanical Engineering

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor