A number of programs have been developed for the automatic symbolic generation of efficient computer code for the dynamic analysis of serial rigid and flexible link manipulators. Code for both the inverse and the direct dynamics computations can be generated. The symbolic generators allow the robot base to be given an arbitrary linear acceleration anchor angular velocity and acceleration. The efficiency of the generated code is an important consideration for simulation studies and/or implementation in control systems. This paper briefly describes the symbolic generation and simplification techniques. The added computational load due to including the base motion is discussed. Some dynamics simulation results are presented for a 3R rigid link manipulator mounted on an oscillating base, which graphically illustrates the effect of the base movement on the dynamics.

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