Department of Mechanical Engineering

Brigham Young University 

Provo, UT 84602

(801) 422-2625

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THESES +
DISSERTATIONS

The following is a list of theses and dissertations published by graduate students in the CMR. Electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) can be accessed by selecting the associated link and selecting "access item" on the abstract. The BYU ETD database can be searched at the following site: BYU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. For theses and dissertations without an ETD, hard copies are available through the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University.
If the title is not a link, there is no electronic version of that thesis at this time.

Methods for Creating Rigid Foldability in Origami-Inspired Deployable Mechanisms

By Alden Yellowhorse

Ph.D. Dissertation
August 2018

Augmented Design Capabilities for Origami Tessellations

By Janette Fernelius Herron

M.S. Thesis
August 2018

Art to Engineering: Curved Folding and Developable Surfaces in Mechanism and Deployable Structure Design

By Todd Nelson

Ph.D. Dissertation
July 2018

A Definition and Demonstration of Developable Mechanisms

By Trent Zimmerman

M.S. Thesis
April 2018

Using Collapsible Systems to Mitigate Buckling in Thin Flexible Instruments in Robotic Surgery

By Brandon Sargent

M.S. Thesis
April 2018

Developing New Classes of Thick-Origami-Based Mechanisms: Conceal-and-Reveal Motion and Folding Printed Circuit Boards

By Bryce De Figueiredo

M.S. Thesis
November 2017

Considering Manufacturing in the Design of Thick-Panel Origami Mechanisms

By Erica Crampton

M.S. Thesis
October 2017

Developing Hybrid Thickness-Accommodation Techniques for New Origami-Inspired Engineered Systems

By Kyler Tolman

M.S. Thesis
May 2017

Highly Compressible Origami Bellows for Harsh Environments

By Jared Butler

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2017

Selecting Surrogate Folds for Use in Origami-Based Mechanisms and Products

By Jason Allen

  • M.S./M.B.A. Thesis
    April 2017

Design and Analysis of Two Compliant Mechanism Designs for Use in Minimally Invasive Surgical Instruments

By Jason L. Dearden

  • M.S. Thesis
    July 2016

Stiffness Reduction Strategies for Additively Manufactured Compliant Mechanisms

By Ezekiel Merriam

  • Ph.D. Dissertation
    April 2016

Deployable and Foldable Arrays of Spatial Mechanisms

By Thomas Evans

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2015

Compliant Mechanisms for Deployable Space Systems

By Shannon Zirbel

  • Ph.D. Dissertation
    December 2014

Modeling and Testing of Bistable Waterbomb Base Configurations

By Brandon Hanna

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2014

Elastic Energy Absorption via Compliant Corrugations

By Sean Tolman

  • Ph.D. Dissertation
    August 2014

Origami-Based Design for Engineering Applications

By Kevin Francis

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2013

Fully Compliant Mechanisms for Bearing Subtraction in Robotics and Space Applications

By Ezekiel Merriam

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2013

Investigation of Compliant Space Mechanisms with Applications to the Design of a Large-Displacement Monolithic Compliant Rotational Hinge

By Robert M. Fowler

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2012

A Method for Exploring Optimization Formulation Space in Conceptual Design

By Shane K. Curtis

  • M.S. Thesis
    June 2012

The Application of Origami to the Design of Lamina Emergent Mechanisms (LEMs) with Extensions to Collapsible, Compliant and Flat Folding Mechanisms

By Holly C. Greenberg

  • M.S. Thesis
    June 2012

Evaluation and Development of Actuators for Lamina Emergent Mechanisms with Emphasis on Flat Solenoids

By Justin D. Black

  • M.S. Thesis
    June 2012

Mechanical Properties and MEMS Applications of Carbon-Infiltrated Carbon Nanotube Forests

By Walter C. Fazio

  • M.S. Thesis
    June 2012

Devices and Methods for Electro-Physical Transport of DNA across Cell Membranes

By Quentin Aten

  • Ph.D. Dissertation
    August 2011

Characterization of the Mechanical Response of the Lumbar Spine

By Shannon A. Zirbel

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2011

Spinal Implant with Customized and Non-Linear Stiffness

By Eric Dodgen

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2011

Expanding Lamina Emergent Mechanism (LEM) Capabilities: Spherical LEMs, LEM Joints, and LEM Applications

By Samuel E. Wilding

  • M.S. Thesis
    July 2011

 

 

Determining Necessary Electrode Parameters For a Stand-Alone Nanoinjector Lance During Attraction

By Nathan C. Toone

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2011

 

A Generalized Two-Dimensional Model to Reconstruct the Impact Phase in Automobile Collisions

By Regis David

  • Ph.D Dissertation
    December 2010

 

A Design Framework that Employs a Classification Scheme and Library for Compliant Mechanism Design

By Brian Olsen

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2010

 

Straightness of Growth For Carbon Nanotube Microelectromechanical Systems

By Kellen Moulton

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2010

 

Design and Analysis of a Compliant Mechanism Spinal Implant

By Eric Stratton

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2010

 

Modeling, Design and Testing of Contact-Aided Compliant Mechanisms in Spinal Arthroplasty

By Peter Halverson

  • Ph.D. Dissertation
    August 2010

 

Development of Criteria for Lamina Emergent Mechanism Flexures with Specific Application to Metals

By Devin Ferrell

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2010

 

Design Principles and Preliminary Actuation Approaches For Novel Multiple-Layer Lamina Emergent

By Paul Gollnick

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2010

Piezoresistive Models for Polysilicon with Bending or Torsional Loads

By Larsen, Gerrit

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2009

Off-axis Stiffness and Piezoresistive Sensing in Large-Displacement Linear-Motion Microelectromechanical Systems

By Smith, David

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2009

Principles, Functions and Concepts for Compliant Mechanically Reactive Armor Elements

By Andersen, Cameron

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2008

Multi-physics Modeling and Calibration for Self-sensing of Thermomechanical In-plane Microactuators

By Kendall Teichert

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2008

 

Design and Testing of a Pumpless Microelectro-Mechanical System Nanoinjector

By Quentin Aten

  • M.S. Thesis
    May 2008

 

Achieving Complex Motion with Fundamental Components for Lamina Emergent Mechanisms

By Brian Winder

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2008

 

Fundamental Components for Lamina Emergent Mechanisms

By Joseph Jacobsen

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2008

 

Characterizing the Three-dimensional Behavior of Bistable Micromechanisms

By Brian Cherry

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2008

 

Design and Fabrication of Out-of-Plane Silicon Microneedles with Integrated Hydrophobic Microchannels

By Mike Diehl

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2007

 

Integrated Piezoresistive Sensing for Feedback Control of Compliant MEMS

By Robert Messenger

  • Ph.D. Dissertation
    December 2007

Elliptical Rolling Link Toggle Mechanisms for Passive Force Closures with Self-Adjustment

By Jacob Montierth

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2007

 

Large-Displacement Linear-Motion Compliant Mechanisms

By Allen Mackay

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2007

 

Development of Deployable Wings for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Using Compliant Mechanisms

By Steve Landon

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2007

 

Multi-Stable Compliant Rolling-Contact Elements

By Peter Halverson

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2007

 

The Piezoresistive Effect In Microflexures

By Gary Johns

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2007

 

Large 3-D Deflection and Force Analysis of Lateral Torsional Buckled Beams

By Rob Chase

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2006

 

Development of a Strain Energy Storage Mechanism Using Tension Elements to Enhance Golf Club Performance

By Mark Whitezell

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2006

 

Compliant Ortho-Planar Spring Behavior Under Complex Loads

By Nathan Rasmussen

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2005

 

Ortho-Planar Mechanisms for Microelectromechanical Systems

By Craig Lusk

  • Ph.D. Dissertation
    August 2005

 

Dual-stage Thermally Actuated Surface-micromachined Nanopositioners

By Neal Hubbard

  • M.S. Thesis
    May 2005

Dual-stage Thermally Actuated Surface-micromachined Nanopositioners

By Neal Hubbard

  • M.S. Thesis
    May 2005

 

Simulation-based Design Under Uncertainty for Compliant Microelectromechanical Systems

By Jonathan Wittwer

  • Ph.D. Dissertation
    April 2005

 

Compliant Mechanisms to Perform Bearing and Spring Function in High Precision Applications

By Jesse Cannon

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2004

 

Fully Compliant Tensural Bistable Mechanisms (FTBM) with On-chip Thermal Actuation

By Daniel Wilcox

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2004

 

High-Torque Capacity Compliant Centrifugal Clutches

By Ryan Weight

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2004

 

Design and Analysis of End-Effector Systems for Scribing on Silicon

By Ben Cannon

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2003

 

Compliant, In-plane Ratchet and Pawl Micromechanisms for Safety Applications

By John Kennedy

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2003

 

The Pseudo-Rigid-Body Model for Dynamic Predictions of Macro and Micro Compliant Mechanisms

By Scott Lyon

  • Ph.D. Dissertation
    August 2003

 

Design of Compliant Mechanisms for Grasping with Application to Mechanical Disc Brakes

By Scott Brooks

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2003

 

Analysis and Design of Surface Micromachined Micromanipulators for Out-of-plane Micropositioning

By Kimberly Jensen

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2003

Compliant Mechanisms Suspensions

By Timothy Allred

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2003

 

Compliant Mechanisms Subjected to Compressive Loadings

By Alex Guerinot

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2003

 

An Approach to Concept Development for Compliant Mechanisms Possessing High Coefficients of Restitution

By Brandon Woolley

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2003

 

Metamorphic Process for Compliant Ortho-planar Mechanism Design

By Daniel Carroll

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2002

 

On-Chip Actuation of Compliant Bistable Micro-Mechanisms

By Michael Baker

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2002

 

Predicting the Effects of Dimensional and Material Property Variations in Micro Compliant Mechanisms

By Jonathan Wittwer

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2001

 

Development and Design of Constant Force Mechanisms

By Brent Weight

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2001

 

A Self-Retracting Fully-Compliant Bistable Micromechanism

By Nathan Masters

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2001

 

Electrothermomechanical Modeling of a Surface-micromachined Linear Displacement Microactuator

By Christian Lott

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2001

 

Principles for the Design and Development of Modular Consumer-Products

By Chris Mattson

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2001

A Closed-Form Dynamic Model of the Compliant Constant-Force Mechanism Using the Pseudo-Rigid-Body Model

By Cameron Boyle

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2001

 

Electrothermomechanical Modeling of a Surface-micromachined Linear Displacement Microactuator

By Christian Lott

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2001

 

High Production Manufacturing Considerations for Metallic Compliant Mechanisms with Long Thin Beams

By Aaron Herring

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 2001

 

Implementing Compliant Mechanisms in Micro-Electo-Mechanical Systems

By Deanne Clements

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 2000

 

Behavior Models for Compliant Continuously Variable Transmissions

By Clint Mortensen

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 2000

 

Compliant Centrifugal Clutches Design Analysis and Testing

By Nathan Crane

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 1999

 

Thermal Microactuators for Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)

By Rebecca Cragun

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 1999

 

Ortho-Planar Mechanisms

By John Parise

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 1999

 

An Investigation of Compliant Over-running Ratchet and Pawl Clutches

By Gregory Roach

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 1998

 

Demonstration of the Pseudo-Rigid-Body Model for Macro and Micro Compliant Pantographs

By Andrew Nielson

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 1998

Identification of Macro- and Micro-Compliant Mechanism Configurations Resulting in Bistable Behavior

By Brian Jensen

  • M.S. Thesis
    August 1998

 

Variable Compliance Via Magneto-Rheological Materials

By Alisa Henrie Millar

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 1997

 

Modeling and Analysis of Compliant Bi-stable Mechanisms Using the Pseudo-Rigid-Body Model

By Patrick Opdahl

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 1996

 

Functionally Binary Pinned-Pinned Segments

By Brian Edwards

  • M.S. Thesis
    December 1996

 

The Pseudo-Rigid-Body-Model Concept and its Application to Micro Compliant Mechanisms

By James Derderian

  • M.S. Thesis
    April 1996