Flexure hinges are the basis of compliant mechanisms. The stiffness is one of the important indexes to evaluate the performance of a flexure hinge, and the rotation angle when the stiffness changes affects its motion characteristics. Thus, based on the constant rectangular cross-section flexure hinge and contact interaction, this paper proposed a contact-aided variable stiffness flexure hinge (CVSFH). With the deformation under an external load, the contact interaction with different parts of the CVSFH itself can achieve the purpose of variable stiffness. The equivalent mechanical model is built and the theoretical equation of the stiffness is given. CVSFHs with different dimensions are designed, and a finite element analysis (FEA) is done. The FEA results of the design examples are coincide with the theoretical results, which verifies the feasibility of the design and the correctness of the theoretical equation.

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