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    A Multi-Criteria Topology Optimization for Systematic Design of Compliant Mechanisms

    Zhen Luo1,2, Nong Zhang,1,3

    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.28, No.1, pp. 27-56, 2012, DOI:10.3970/cmc.2012.028.027

    Abstract This paper attempts to present a new multi-criteria topological optimization methodology for the systematic design of compliant micro-mechanisms. Instead of employing only the strain energy (SE) or the functional specifications such as mechanical efficiency (ME), in this study an alternative formulation representing multiple design requirements is included in the optimization to describe the performance of compliant mechanisms. In most conventional designs, SE is used to only measure the design requirement from the point of view of structures, while ME is usually applied to describe the mechanical performance of mechanisms. However, the design of a compliant… More >

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