Compliant mechanisms consist of a monolithic body and obtain motion through elastic deformation. Multiple compliant flexure designs are known but their translational to rotation stiffness ratio is often limited. This work introduces a novel compliant hinge design with increased stiffness ratio compared to the state of the art compliant hinges. The hinge functions by having an encapsulated fluid medium that contributes to high normal stiffness, but doesn’t influence the rotational stiffness. A 2D design model is presented that shows the effect of the geometry on the stiffness ratio performance. Subsequently, a computational 3D analysis is performed and the resulting design is realized as a demonstrator. The performance is compared to conventional compliant hinges based on the stiffness ratio. This shows an increase of at least a factor 30 on the stiffness ratio.

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