Design of a compliant mechanism to amplify the stroke of a piezoelectric stack actuator

Keskin, Tamer
Main objective of this study is to design a compliant mechanism with high frequency and high mechanical amplification ratio to be used for amplifying the stroke of a piezostack actuator. In this thesis, first of all, related literature is investigated and then alternative conceptual designs are established utilizing the mechanisms found in literature survey. Once best conceptual design is selected, detailed design of this mechanism is done. For detailed design of the compliant mechanism, topology optimization method is used in this study. To design the mechanism, first a design domain is defined and then a finite element model of the design domain is prepared to be used in topology optimization runs. After running the topology optimization model by using TOSCA with ANSYS, results are imported to ANSYS, where final performance of the mechanism design is checked. After finalizing design of the mechanism, it is produced and its performance is tested through experiments


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Citation Formats
T. Keskin, “Design of a compliant mechanism to amplify the stroke of a piezoelectric stack actuator,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.