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Stiffness Estimation and Experiments for the Exechon Parallel Self-Reconfiguring Fixture Mechanism

[+] Author Affiliations
Xiong Li, Dimiter Zlatanov, Matteo Zoppi, Rezia Molfino

University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy

Paper No. DETC2012-70993, pp. 637-645; 9 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


The Exechon X150, a new smaller member of a successful series of parallel kinematic machines, has been recently developed as a component of a mobile self-reconfigurable fixture system within an inter-European project. This paper is the first to address the stiffness analysis of the parallel mechanism on which the design is based. The stiffness modeling method uses reciprocal screw theory as well as the virtual work principle, resulting in a simpler formulation and more convenient than ones obtained with traditional stiffness-modeling methods. Based on this model, the stiffness map within the workspace is obtained. The stiffness of the mechanism at a typical configuration is carried out. The complete finite element analysis and simulation used to verify the effectiveness of the stiffness model. Using geometric spatial decomposition, numerical examples of the mechanism at three typical configurations are presented.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Stiffness



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