This paper presents a review of the literature related to the use of redundancy in parallel mechanisms. Two types of redundancies are considered, namely, actuation redundancy and kinematic redundancy. The use of these concepts in the literature is highlighted. Each of the concepts is then formulated mathematically in order to clearly expose their characteristics and their properties. Two subclasses of kinematically redundant parallel mechanisms are defined, namely, those with serial redundant legs and those with parallel redundant legs. The force transmission in redundant parallel mechanisms is then discussed. Finally, a summary of the different approaches that can be used to implement redundancy in parallel mechanisms is given in order to identify the most promising synthesis avenues and to provide insight into their potential fields of application.
Redundancy in Parallel Mechanisms: A Review
Manuscript received September 15, 2016; final manuscript received August 15, 2017; published online January 31, 2018. Editor: Harry Dankowicz.
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Gosselin, C., and Schreiber, L. (January 31, 2018). "Redundancy in Parallel Mechanisms: A Review." ASME. Appl. Mech. Rev. January 2018; 70(1): 010802. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4038931
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