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dc.contributor.advisorMartin L. Culpepper.en_US
dc.contributor.authorLaird, Holly Ben_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-11-07T18:51:43Z
dc.date.available2008-11-07T18:51:43Z
dc.date.copyright2007en_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/43010
dc.descriptionThesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, February 2008.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaf 34).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this thesis was to learn about creating an educational kit as a tool for teaching professional engineers in industry about the theory of Freedom and Constraint Topology (FACT), and the new types of flexures that can be designed using this process. The importance of this thesis lies in the benefits compliant mechanisms give to precision engineering. The impact, by improving the quality of designs capable by professional engineers by teaching them about using FACT to design flexures, will contribute to higher quality, more agile, and more reliable technology worldwide. The metrological systems designed for the kit were comprised of a system of sensors and data collection apparati to analyze the physical characteristics of a particular type of flexure known as a "screw flexure", a compliant mechanism that has a single degree of freedom with coupled translational and rotational motion. Using lead weights of V4 to 2 pounds and two Mitutoyo #ID-S1012E digital Dial Indicators, measurements were taken for the translational and rotational deflection of the screw flexure. The pitch of the screw flexure was found to be 10.512 in/rad, which was a 9.4% error from the expected value of 11.5 in/rad. The experimental setup was a successful tool for teaching FACT methodology in the specific case of the screw flexure.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Holly B. Laird.en_US
dc.format.extent38 leavesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectMechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.titleDesign of a metrology & characterization system for a compliant mechanisms courseen_US
dc.title.alternativeDesign of a metrology and characterization system for a compliant mechanisms courseen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.B.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc240594228en_US


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