This paper presents dynamic modeling of a planar, three degrees-of-freedom manipulator consisting of two parallel plates, referred to as top and base plates, which are connected by three actuated legs. When a sensitive equipment is carried by a moving robot or vehicle, it becomes necessary to mount the equipment on a platform which achieves precise positioning for stabilization. The objectives of this paper are to derive analytical equations of motion and apply them to control simulations on the stabilizing planar manipulator.

In the derivation of analytical equations of motion, the moving frame method is utilized to describe the kinematics of the two-dimensional multibody system. For the manipulator system comprised of jointed bodies, a graph tree is utilized, which visually illustrates how the constituent bodies are connected to each other. For kinetics, the principle of virtual work is employed to derive the analytical equations of motion for the manipulator system.

The resulting equations of motion are used to numerically assess the performance of a sliding mode controller (SMC) to stabilize the top plate from the motion of the translating and rotating base plate. In the numerical simulation, the SMC is compared with a simple PID controller to evaluate both the tracking performance and robustness.

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