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Combinatorial Method for Characterizing Singular Configurations in Parallel Mechanisms

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Avshalom Sheffer, Offer Shai

Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Israel

Paper No. DETC2015-46755, pp. V05CT08A038; 13 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5C: 39th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5714-4
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


The paper presents a method for finding the different singular configurations of several types of parallel mechanisms/robots using the combinatorial method. The main topics of the combinatorial method being used are: equimomental line/screw, self-stresses, Dual Kennedy theorem and circle, and various types of 2D and 3D Assur Graphs such as: triad, tetrad and double triad. The paper introduces combinatorial characterization of 3/6 SP and compares it to singularity analysis of 3/6 SP using Grassmann Line Geometry and Grassmann-Cayley Algebra. Finally, the proposed method is applied for characterizing the singular configurations of more complex parallel mechanisms such as 3D tetrad and 3D double-triad.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME



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