Compliant Mechanisms

Compliant Mechanisms
Design and analysis of compliant mechanisms and compliant structures. Large-deflection analysis/force displacement relationships; mechanisms synthesis.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesME EN 372; Me En 475 or concurrent enrollment; or instructor's consent.
 ProgramsContaining ME EN 538
Course Outcomes

Fundamentals of Compliant Mechanisms

Understand the fundamentals of compliant mechanisms, including flexibility vs. strength and displacement loads vs. force loads.

Nonlinear Deflections

Analyze the large, nonlinear deflections of flexible members.


Analyze, predict and prevent failure of compliant mechanisms.

Force-Displacement Relationships

Analyze the force-displacement relationships for compliant mechanisms.

Task-Specific Design

Design compliant mechanisms for specified tasks.