New Perspectives on Compliant Mechanisms
Speaker:Dr. Hao Guangbo
Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
School of Engineering
University College Cork (UCC), Ireland
Date & Time:17 Dec 2013 (Tuesday) 10:00 - 12:00
Organized by:Department of Electromechanical Engineering


Compliant mechanisms/manipulators (also flexure mechanisms) transmit/transform motion/load by deformation of their flexible members (namely jointless). They can offer many potential merits such as lower cost and higher performance, miniaturization and hygiene, and have been used in extensive applications in Precision Engineering, MEMS and Biomedical devices. In this talk, new perspectives on compliant mechanisms will be discussed. The presentation starts from the overview of compliant mechanisms with detailed merits and application demonstrations. Several key points on DOF/DOC of compliant mechanisms are then identified including the transformation between DOF and DOC or between one DOF and another DOF, which may guide to produce reconfigurable or other novel complaint mechanisms. Further challenges and research are finally proposed.


Dr. Guangbo Hao earned the Bachelor Degree of Engineering, Master Degree of Engineering, and Doctor Degree of Engineering (first PhD) all from Northeastern University (NEU), China, in July 2004, March 2007, and July 2008, respectively. In September 2011, he was awarded the second Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (second PhD) in Mechanical Engineering after a three-year fully funded studying in Heriot-Watt University (HWU), UK. His first PhD thesis in Northeastern University studied the reliability modeling of mechanical systems such as pipeline and wire cable. His second PhD thesis in Heriot-Watt University has investigated the design and modelling of large-range compliant parallel manipulators using spatial compliant modules.

He then directly joined Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Engineering, University College Cork (UCC), as a permanent whole-time Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in November 2011 until now. His current research focuses on compliant parallel manipulators/mechanisms for Precision Engineering, MEMS and Biomedical applications such as nano-positioner, motion/scanning stage, comb-driver, force/acceleration sensors, bio-cell gripper, and bio-cell injector.

Dr. Hao is the member of ASME from 2009, the committee member of Section Operation Executive Board of ASME UK & Ireland Section, and the reviewer for several prestigious journals such as Mechanism and Machine Theory and IEEE Transactions on Robotics, and the leading guest editor of special issue on compliant mechanisms in Mechanical Sciences. He was awarded the postgraduate research prizes twice in Heriot-Watt University, and received the 3rd Prize for the Young Engineers Research Paper Award 2012 presented by IMechE and Engineers Ireland. So far, he has published more than 30 papers in journals and conferences.