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Forward kinematics of a class of parallel (Stewart) platforms with closed-form solutions

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2 Author(s)
Zhang, C.-d. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Illinois Univ., Chicago, IL, USA ; Song, S.-M.

The condition under which closed-form solutions of forward kinematics of parallel platforms are obtainable is explored. It is found that forward position analysis has closed-form solutions if one rotational degree of freedom (DOF) of a parallel platform is decoupled from the other five DOFs. Geometrically, this condition is satisfied when five end points at the platform or at the base are on the same line. A general case in which these five points do not coincide with each other is studied first and is shown to have 16 possible closed-form solutions. The computation of these solutions is very efficient compared to that of Stewart platforms. The different geometries of parallel platforms with closed-form solutions are discussed

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Robotics and Automation, 1991. Proceedings., 1991 IEEE International Conference on

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9-11 Apr 1991