*Nov*

At the same time I worked on modeling the critical force and critical displacement of the bistable beam, I also looked into the way these behavioral parameters affected the final output parameter of the system--the oscillation period of the mechanical logic. I integrated the models for the mechanica...

*Nov*

Due to the shortcomings of the ROM (it's really hard to translate into our fast, model-based design method for the mechanical logic), I have started to work with a new model that we used for the ISER paper (it turned out more than a piecewise linear model that came to the rescue at that time). This...

*Nov*

As I mentioned in the group meeting last Thursday, to better communicate what I have been doing with the modeling of one subsystem of the mechanical logic, I am writing up and summarizing my progress up until now. I included some pics from my writeup, but the full pdf will soon be on my personal pag...

*Jul*

Here is the cubic force-displacement curve obtained after I adjusted the parameters / coefficients based on the results from our experiment.

*Jul*

The graphs seem to suggest that the smaller the initial rise of the bistable beam, the longer the SCP actuator, and the more influence temperature change has on the force generated by the actuator, the easier for the bistable beam to snap through. The trends align with our expectations even though t...

*Jul*

Below are the graphs describing the relationships between time and the displacement of the midpoint of the bistable beam, assuming a quasi-static state of the beam. More explanations are needed, and we need to vary some of the parameters to see how they affect the shape of the graph.

*May*

These two graphs are based on my Matlab simulations of the behavior of a pre-compressed bistable beam under a point force. The segmented one is the actual data due to some errors, but the adjusted version of the graph (ideally elinimating some errors in calculation) matches the results in previous r...

*May*

For the last two weeks, I tried out tackling the differential equation that describes the motion of the bistable beam using a reduced-order model of w(x,t), the transverse deflection of the beam. By approximating w as the combination of some functions of only x or only t, I was able to replicate the...

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