Abstract

Geometric nonlinearities often complicate the analysis of systems containing large-deflection members. The time and resources required to develop closed-form or numerical solutions nave inspired the development of a simple method of approximating the deflection path of end-loaded, large-deflection cantilever beams. The path coordinates are parameterized in a single parameter, called the pseudo-rigid-body angle. The approximations are accurate to within 0.5% of the closed-form elliptic integral solutions. A physical model is associated with the method, and may be used to simplify complex problems. The method proves to be particularly useful in the analysis and design of compliant mechanisms.

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