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Compliant Systems Group

Welcome to the Compliant Systems Group

Head of Group: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Lena Zentner

The Heisenberg Professorship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) as a full professor for Compliant Systems was established in June 2017 at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the TU Ilmenau. The new field of Compliant Systems has its origin in several years of preliminary work by the group of Mechanism Technology, which has a very long tradition.

The research activities of the Compliant System group concentrate on the design and dimensioning of Compliant Systems, including compliant mechanisms, compliant actuators and compliant sensors. New solutions for tasks of motion- or force transmission are being developed as individual systems or in combination with conventional rigid body mechanisms. 

The advantages of compliant systems – no friction, capability of energy storing, good prerequisites for miniaturization, no need of assembly and low maintenance effort – make them interesting, also for special applications. Thus, compliant systems are suitable for use under challenging environmental conditions, such as clean room-, vacuum- and space applications. A specific differentiated compliance is an essential prerequisite in technical systems of many application areas, such as the precision engineering, medical technology as well as the human-machine interaction. The design and optimization of compliant systems is carried out through carefully conducted analytics and computer-aided methods of modelling.

In teaching, contents of compliant mechanisms, mechanism technology (analysis and synthesis), fundamentals of gripper technology (micro- and macroscale) and modelling of biomechanical systems are offered.