Optimising geometry for maximum supporting stiffnesses

Dannis Michel Brouwer, Hedzer Wiersma, Steven Boer, Ronald G.K.M. Aarts

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Flexure hinges inherently lose stiffness in supporting directions when deflected. This article presents a method for optimising the geometry of flexure hinges, aimed at maximising supporting stiffnesses. In addition, the new -Flexure Hinge design is presented. The considered hinges are subjected to a load and deflected a bidirectional angle of 20°. The optimisations show that the support stiffness is increased by a factor of 4.5 with respect to the conventional cross flexure hinge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-30
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • METIS-302512
  • IR-89488


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