Forward kinematics solution distribution and analytic singularity-free workspace of linear-actuated symmetrical spherical parallel manipulators

Dongming Gan, Jian S. Dai, Jorge Dias, Lakmal Seneviratne

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Abstract

This paper presents a new kinematics model for linear-actuated symmetrical spherical parallel manipulators (LASSPMs) which are commonly used considering their symmetrical kinematics and dynamics properties. The model has significant advantages in solving the forward kinematic equations, and in analytically obtaining singularity loci and the singularity-free workspace. The Cayley formula, including the three Rodriguez-Hamilton parameters from a general rotation matrix, is provided and used in describing the rotation motion and geometric constraints of LASSPMs. Analytical solutions of the forward kinematic equations are obtained. Then singularity loci are derived, and represented in a new coordinate system with the three Rodriguez-Hamilton parameters assigned in three perpendicular directions. Limb-actuation singularity loci are illustrated and forward kinematics (FK) solution distribution in the singularity-free zones is discussed. Based on this analysis, unique forward kinematic solutions of LASSPMs can be determined. By using Cayley formula, analytical workspace boundaries are expressed, based on a given mechanism structure and input actuation limits. The singularity-free workspace is demonstrated in the proposed coordinate system. The work gives a systematic method in modeling kinematics, singularity and workspace analysis which provides new optimization design index and a simpler kinematics model for dynamics and control of LASSPMs.

Original languageBritish English
Article number041007
JournalJournal of Mechanisms and Robotics
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Analytic workspace
  • Forward kinematics
  • Singularity loci
  • Spherical parallel mechanism

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