The equations of the undulating elastica describing the static behavior of an end-loaded flexible strip include forces, elastic properties, dimensions, and some parameters which are not physically measurable. This paper presents techniques whereby the designer can determine reasonable first approximations to the parameters contained in the equations of the undulating elastica. These first approximations are particularly useful for the iterative solution of the equations for the force or motion analysis of flexible link mechanisms containing one or more members that undergo large elastic deflections. Examples of the application of these techniques are presented.

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