DESIGN OF MICROSYSTEMS BASED ON COMPLIANT STRUCTURES AND DEVICES
In this work a broad overview of the topics related to the mechanical design of compliant micromechanisms is presented. Innovative methodologies to be used in the design of devices based on leaf springs employed in the geometrically non-linear domain are given. In the case of devices with flexural hinges, an approach to the optimisation of their shape based on stiffness minimisation with constraints given by strength and kinematical requirements is presented. Design tools applicable to continuum structures with distributed compliance are also presented. A critical analysis of the peculiarities of these design solutions is provided, allowing designers to profit from the usage of compliant structures in the development of microsystems.