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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.

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John Napp
Flexures is well organized and readable...audience is graduate and upper level students, faculty, or working engineers. Generous use of diagrams and formulas illustrate the text.
The text presents basic flexure geometries and analytic models for design applications including the creation of mechanisms for precise motion control with fast dynamic response. Smith (U. of Northern Carolina, Center for Precision Metrology) explains the design process, static and dynamic analysis of mechanical systems, basic elasticity, beam bending theory, mechanism mobility, rigid body dynamics, Hamilton's principle, Lagrange's equation, single and multi-degree of freedom linear systems theory, vibration of continuous systems and Rayleigh's method, analysis of beam and notch type flexure elements, mechanism synthesis, generalized dynamic models, rotationally symmetric couplings, lever mechanisms, and manufacturing and assembly considerations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789056992613
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/8/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

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.

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