Workspace of parallel kinematics machines with minimum stiffness limits: Collinear stiffness value based approach

V. T. Portman, V. S. Chapsky, Y. Shneor

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Abstract

Stiffness features of the parallel kinematics machines (PKM) are considered. To overcome the difficulties caused by heterogeneous units of measurement of the Cartesian stiffness matrix entries, a new performance index - the collinear stiffness value (CSV) - is applied. The CSV gives natural stiffness evaluation in both regular and singular configurations. Effective computation procedures for a search for the minimum-maximum CSV are developed. The minimum CSV is applied to construct a PKM workspace satisfying preliminary given stiffness limits and compute a virtual protective barrier, keeping the PKM mechanism from approaching the vicinity of singular configurations. As an application example, the CSV-based local and global stiffness features of the Gough-Stewart platform mechanism are simulated, investigated, and visualized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-86
Number of pages20
JournalMechanism and Machine Theory
Volume49
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Gough-Stewart platform
  • Parallel kinematics
  • Stiffness
  • Stiffness evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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