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Experimental Results of a 3-DOF Parallel Manipulator as an Earthquake Motion Simulator

[+] Author Affiliations
Erika Ottaviano, Marco Ceccarelli, Gianni Castelli

University of Cassino, Cassino, Italy

Paper No. DETC2004-57075, pp. 215-222; 8 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 28th Biennial Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, September 28–October 2, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4695-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3742-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Parallel manipulators are increasingly used in new applications by exploiting their better characteristics with respect to those of serial manipulators, such as higher stiffness, velocity and acceleration, payload. In this paper, experimental results are presented of a novel application of a 3-DOF CaPaMan (Cassino Parallel Manipulator) prototype to simulate point seismograms and 3D earthquake motion. The rigid body acceleration (linear acceleration, angular velocity and acceleration) has been experimentally analyzed to simulate real 3D earthquakes by using the parallel manipulator. Furthermore, first experimental results are reported to analyze earthquake effects on scaled civil structures.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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