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Design and Analysis of a Hybrid Parallel Platform That Incorporates Tensegrity

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Matthew Marshall, Carl D. Crane, III

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Paper No. DETC2004-57189, pp. 535-540; 6 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


A new hybrid parallel platform device that is based on tensegrity is introduced in this paper. A tensegrity structure is one that is comprised of members that are either in tension (ties) or compression (struts). The device studied in this paper replaces the ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ set of ties of a 3-strut tensesgrity system with rigid bodies. Further, the three struts are replaced by three leg connectors whose lengths can be changed via prismatic actuators. The three remaining ties are replaced by the series combination of a spring and a non-compliant tie where the length of the non-compliant tie can be controlled. An analysis is presented that shows how the connector leg lengths and non-compliant tie lengths can be determined so as to position and orient the upper platform at a desired pose and at a desired total potential energy level. It is the control of the potential energy in the system that makes this new hybrid parallel-platform unique.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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