Study on the large-displacement behaviour of a spiral spring with variations of cross-section, orthotropy and prestress

Radaelli, Giuseppe; Herder, Just L.

This work is dedicated to the study of the large-displacement behaviour of a spiral spring. Parameters that influence the local torsion stiffness of the beam that constitutes the spiral are varied and their effect is studied. Cross-sectional shape, orthotropic material orientation and prestress are the three classes of parameters that are varied. The effect that the local change in torsional stiffness has on the overall behaviour is illustrated in a linearised way by comparing in-plane and out-of-plane stiffnesses, and nonlinearly, by inspecting a graphical representation of the potential energy field of the system. Several embodiments composed of multiple spirals are showed to illustrate how the understanding of the nonlinear behaviour could be exploited in conceptual design of compliant mechanisms.

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Radaelli, Giuseppe / Herder, Just L.: Study on the large-displacement behaviour of a spiral spring with variations of cross-section, orthotropy and prestress. 2018. Copernicus Publications.

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