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Type Synthesis of Uncoupled 2T2R Parallel Manipulators

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Yanbin Zhang

Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang, Henan, China

Kwun-lon Ting

Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN

Paper No. DETC2012-70626, pp. 505-511; 7 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


This paper presents a simple and systematic method for type synthesis of four-degree-of-freedom uncoupled parallel manipulators with two-translational and two-rotational (2T2R) motion components. Based on the concept of hybrid manipulator, one uncoupled 2T2R hybrid manipulator, which is composed of one full-isotropic planar 2T1R parallel manipulator and one revolute joint in serial assembly, is designed first. Then the structure synthesis of the fourth leg of 2T2R parallel manipulator is performed in terms of the reciprocal screw theory. Finally, the type synthesis of uncoupled 2T2R parallel manipulators is realized by combining the uncoupled 2T2R hybrid manipulator and one of the synthesized fourth legs. The Jacobian of the uncoupled 2T2R parallel manipulator is a 4×4 diagonal matrix. Therefore, there exists a one-to-one correspondence between the input velocity space of the actuated joints and the output velocity space of the moving platform. Moreover, both the control design and the path planning of these proposed manipulators are very simple.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Manipulators



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