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VIDI Grant 2015


Flexure joints: a big step forward

Associate professor Dannis Brouwer of the group Mechanical Automation and Mechatronics will use his VIDI grand to develop flexure hinges with a much larger range of motion (rotation angle) than the current state-of-the-art flexure joints.

Brouwer explains: flexure hinges have no friction and backlash, but can only be put to good use for small deflections. In a preliminary study we have already shown an increase of the range of motion for 10 to 40 degrees. The new research will aim at obtaining 90 to 120 degrees.

Brouwer sees applications in for example robotics and prosthesis.

In 2014 a total of 509 researchers submitted proposals for the prestigious VIDI grant.

Only 87 were successful, 2 of which at the University of Twente.

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