Geometric Design of Spherical Serial Chains with Curvature Constraints in the Environment
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This research builds up on recent results in planar kinematic synthesis with contact direction and curvature constraints on the workpiece. The synthesis of spherical serial chains is considered to guide a rigid body, such that it does not violate normal direction and curvature constraints imposed by contact with objects in the environment. These constraints are transformed into conditions on the velocity and acceleration of points in the moving body to obtain synthesis equations which can be solved by algebraic elimination. Trajectory interpolation formulas yield the movement of the chain with the desired contact properties in each of the task positions. Example shows the application of the developed theory to the failure recovery of a robot manipulator.
Tolety, Anurag Bharadwaj (2011). Geometric Design of Spherical Serial Chains with Curvature Constraints in the Environment. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from