Realization of Those Elastic Behaviors That Have Compliant Axes in Compact Elastic Mechanisms
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Journal of Robotic Systems
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In this article, we address the synthesis and realization of a subset of spatial elastic behaviors, those with compliant axes, in compact parallel mechanisms. Using the procedures developed, a geometric description of the layout of a compact mechanism of springs connected in parallel is obtained. In each of these mechanisms, each spring axis is restricted to intersect a single point in space. The variation in the orientation of the intersecting spring axes is also restricted. The degree of restriction in axis orientation is determined by the number of “compliant axes” associated with the specified elastic behavior. Also, as part of this work, a physical appreciation of the different classes of stiffnesses that have compliant axes is identified and interpreted in different types of concurrent parallel mechanisms.