A Leaf-type Isosceles-trapezoidal Flexural (LITF) pivot can be of great practical use for designing compliant mechanisms. The analysis of load-deflection behavior for such a pivot is essential to the study on the mechanisms which are composed of the pivots. A pseudo-rigid-body model provides a simple and accurate method. Based on the analysis of a single special loaded leaf segment, a four-bar model is presented. The four-bar model is further simplified to a pin-joint model for the simpler applications. The accuracy of both models is demonstrated by comparing results to those of non-linear finite element analysis. At last, the two models are applied to analyze the cartwheel hinge as an example.

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