This paper explores the feasibility of using compliant-ortho-planar springs (COPS) for rotational applications. The primary motivation is the application of COPS to a rubber v-belt continuously variable transmission (CVT). Although stresses and stress concentrations are important for the design of a COPS, this paper will focus on the behavior of a COPS resulting specifically from its rotation. This paper focuses on issues related to stress stiffening and lateral instability. Both phenomena are a direct result of the inertial loads a COPS would experience in a rotating environment. The results show how stress stiffening and lateral buckling are influenced by design parameters. Conclusions and recommendations for further research are presented.

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