Understanding speed and force ratios for compliant mechanisms

Thomas G. Sugar, Matthew Holgate

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Scopus citations


Active, compliant mechanisms with powered joints and compliant, spring-based links are beneficial at reducing input loads and power requirements by changing both the speed and force ratios. In these mechanisms, the speed and force ratios are a function of mechanism geometry and the load applied to the output link. Both ratios are analysed for a classic slider crank linkage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMechanisms and Machine Science
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameMechanisms and Machine Science
ISSN (Print)2211-0984
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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