Journal of Central South University

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 593–599 | Cite as

Kineto-static analysis of a novel high-speed parallel manipulator with rigid-flexible coupled links

  • Tao Sun (孙涛)
  • Yi-min Song (宋轶民)Email author
  • Kai Yan (阎凯)


A novel high-speed parallel kinematic machine (PKM) named Delta-S parallel manipulator is proposed, which consists of a fixed base connected to a moving platform through three limbs with identical topology. Each limb is composed of one driving arm and one follower arm, herein, the latter includes two strings and one middle rod, all located in a same plane. Compared with similar manipulators with uniform parameters, the novel and unique topology as well as the addition of two strings of Delta-S manipulator can remove the clearance of the spherical joints, reduce the inertial load of components further, improve the positioning accuracy and dynamic performance, and so on. In order to formulate the kineto-static model of Delta-S manipulator, the kineto-static analyses and models of the driving arm, the generalized follower and the moving platform can be carried out by the D’ALEMBERT principle. For the sake of obtaining the force analytic results of strings, the deformation compatibility condition of strings and the middle rod are determined. Furthermore, in virtue of the assumption of small deformation and the linear superposition principle, the minimal pre-tightening force of the strings is calculated. The main results include that the loads of the strings and the middle rod must be larger than “zero” and the pre-tightening force over the workspace must be larger than the minimal pre-tightening force at any time within the workspace, which lay the foundation for the dynamic analysis and the prototype manufacture of the Delta-S manipulator.

Key words

parallel kinematic machines (PKMs) Delta-S manipulator kineto-static analysis deformation compatibility condition pre-tightening force 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tao Sun (孙涛)
    • 1
  • Yi-min Song (宋轶民)
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kai Yan (阎凯)
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mechanical EngineeringTianjin UniversityTianjinChina

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