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Example of Internal Redundancy to Improve the Dynamics Performance of Parallel Manipulators

[+] Author Affiliations
Soheil S. Parsa, Juan A. Carretero

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada

Roger Boudreau

Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB, Canada

Paper No. DETC2012-70536, pp. 1431-1438; 8 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 36th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 12–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4503-5
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


In recent years, redundancy in parallel manipulators has been discussed for the cases of kinematic, actuation and branch redundancy. Some advantages of these redundant manipulators include the reduction or elimination of some types of kinematic singularities and/or an increase of their reachable and dexterous workspaces, to name a few. Internal redundancy, first introduced for serial manipulators, refers to the concept of adding movable masses to some links so as to allow to control the center of mass and other dynamic properties of some links. In this paper, the concept of internal redundancy is investigated for the first time in the context of parallel manipulators. More specifically, the 3-RRR planar manipulator, where a movable mass has been added to the distal link, is analysed. The manipulator’s dynamic model is briefly introduced and then is used to track a simple trajectory. A numerical example is shown to support the idea.

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