Rolling contact, Compliant, Joint, Ruled surface, Developable, Curvature
Rolling-contact mechanisms can provide low-friction motion with unique kinematic paths. We show that developable surfaces can be used as a design tool for rolling-contact mechanisms joined with compliant bands. These mechanisms can exhibit 3D motion paths, couple rotational and translational motions into a single degree of freedom, and can be designed to exhibit various tailored kinetic responses. We set forth developable surface parametrizations well suited to the creation of rolling contacts. We highlight how the geodesic and principal curvatures of the non-ruling principal curves of a developable surface are meaningful design quantities for rolling contacts. We provide kinematic and kinetic analyses and demonstrate several developable compliant-aided rolling-contact mechanisms in physical prototypes.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Nelson, Todd G. and Herder, Just L., "Developable Compliant-Aided Rolling-Contact Mechanisms" (2018). Student Publications. 237.
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology
© 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This is the author's submitted version of this article. The definitive version can be found at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2018.04.013