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Compliant mechanisms

A compliant mechanism is a type of mechanical system that is designed to deform or change shape in response to external forces or loads. These mechanisms are typically made of flexible or elastic materials, such as rubber, plastics, or metals with high ductility, and are used to absorb energy, dampen vibrations, or provide a degree of flexibility in a system.

Compliant mechanisms are used in a wide range of applications, including automotive suspension systems, robotics, and aerospace engineering. In these applications, the compliant mechanism may be used to provide a more stable or smooth operation, or to protect other components in the system from damage due to impact or vibration.

There are many different types of compliant mechanisms, including springs, bellows, flexible joints, and pneumatic or hydraulic actuators. The specific design of the compliant mechanism will depend on the specific requirements of the application, such as the required range of motion, load-bearing capacity, and the level of precision or accuracy needed.

Overall, compliant mechanisms are an important component in many mechanical systems, and play a critical role in providing stability, flexibility, and impact resistance.

Compliant mechanisms

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