Production Engineering

, Volume 7, Issue 2–3, pp 233–237 | Cite as

Component oriented and automatic generation of FE models for parallel kinematics

  • Zheng SunEmail author
  • Alexandru Dadalau
  • Alexander Verl
Computer Aided Engineering


This paper presents an algorithm to automatically generate the finite element models for parallel kinematics. The algorithm translates the geometric constraint information of each component to equations. The relative positions between components can be determined by solving those equations. The algorithm is independent of the kinematic structure. It has been already implemented in component oriented finite element modeling software and has been tested on some practical examples.


Component oriented FE modeling Parallel kinematic Reverse transformation Affine transformation 



This research is supported by the Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Toll and Manufacturing Units (ISW) and by the excellence cluster SimTech Stuttgart. This support is highly appreciated.


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© German Academic Society for Production Engineering (WGP) 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (ISW)StuttgartGermany

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