Realization of an Arbitrary Planar Stiffness With a Simple Symmetric Parallel Mechanism

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Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

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This paper presents a new method for the realization of a planar compliant behavior with an elastic mechanism. The mechanisms considered are parallel with symmetric geometry. We show that any planar stiffness matrix can be realized using a parallel mechanism with four line springs connected symmetrically. Among the four springs, two are identical parallel springs equidistant from the stiffness center, and the other two identical springs intersect at the stiffness center. A synthesis procedure based on geometry is presented and mechanism compactness is discussed.


Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, Vol. 3, No. 4 (November 2011): 041006. DOI.