Kinematic and workspace analyses are performed to predict the performance of a new nanoscale biomolecular motor: The Viral Protein Linear (VPL) Motor. The motor is based on a conformational change observed in a family of viral envelope proteins when subjected to a changing pH environment. The conformational change produces a motion of about 10 nm, making the VPL a basic linear actuator, which can be further interfaced with other organic/inorganic nanoscale components such as DNA actuators and carbon nanotubes. This paper presents the principle of operation of the VPL motor and the development of direct and inverse kinematic models for workspace analysis. Preliminary results obtained from the developed computational tools are presented.

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