It is known that a parallel manipulator at a singular configuration can gain one or more degrees of freedom and become uncontrollable. In our recent work [1], the dynamic properties of rigid-link parallel manipulators, in the presence of Type 2 singularities, have been studied. It was shown that any parallel manipulator can pass through the singular positions without perturbation of motion if the wrench applied on the end-effector by the legs and external efforts is orthogonal to the twist along the direction of the uncontrollable motion. This condition was obtained using symbolic approach based on the inverse dynamics and the study of the Lagrangian of a general rigid-link parallel manipulator. It was validated by experimental tests carried out on the prototype of a four-degrees-of-freedom parallel manipulator. However, it is known that the flexibility of the mechanism may not always been neglected. Indeed, for robots, joint flexibility can be the main source contributing to overall manipulator flexibility and can lead to trajectory distortion. Therefore, in our second paper [2], the condition of passing through a Type 2 singularity for parallel manipulators with flexible joints has been studied. In the present paper, we expand information about the dynamic properties of parallel manipulators in the presence of Type 2 singularity by including in the studied problem the link flexibility and the payload. The suggested technique is illustrated by a 5R parallel manipulator with flexible elements (actuated joints and moving links) and a payload. The obtained results are validated by numerical simulations carried out using the software ADAMS.

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