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This book presents some basic flexure geometries and the analytic models, which can be assessed for specific design applications. The author then goes beyond this fundamental explanation to explore more sophisticated issues. Specifically, the text discusses integration of these flexure geometries and analytic models to produce useful mechanisms for precise motion control with fast dynamic response. This book will be useful for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, particularly those who hope to acquire competence in experimental and mechanical sciences. Practicing engineers and other scientists currently working in related fields will also benefit from Flexure.
Introduction: Advantages and Disadvantages of Flexures. Goals of Flexure Design. Essentials: Basic Elasticity. Behavior of Materials. Fatigue. Bending of Symmetric Beams. Rigid Body Dynamics: Linear Systems Theory. Vibrations and Natural Frequencies of Continuous Systems. Flexure Elements: Leaf Type Springs. Notch Hinge. Two Axis Hinges. The Four Bar Link. Flexure Systems: General Model for Dynamics of planar Flexures. Hinges of Rotational Symmetry: The Disc Coupling. Rotationally Symmetric Leaf Type Hinge. The Bellows as a Flexure Element. Levers. Manufacturing and Assembly Considerations: Machining and Heat Treatment of Some Common Flexure Materials.