Many kinematic problems in mechanisms can be represented by polynomial systems. By algebraically analyzing the polynomial systems, we can obtain the kinematic properties of the mechanisms. Among these algebraic methods, approaches based on Gröbner bases are effective. Usually, the analyses are performed for specific mechanisms; however, we often encounter phenomena for which, even within the same class of mechanisms, the kinematic properties differ significantly. In this research, we consider the cases where the parameters are included in the polynomial systems. The parameters are used to express link lengths, displacements of active joints, hand positions, and so on. By analyzing a parametric polynomial system (PPS), we intend to comprehensively analyze the kinematic properties of mechanisms represented by these parameters. In the proposed method, we first express the kinematic constraints in the form of PPS. Subsequently, by calculating the Gröbner cover of the PPS, we obtain the segmentation of the parameter space and valid Gröbner bases for each segment. Finally, we interpret the meaning of the segments and their corresponding Gröbner bases. We analyzed planar four- and five-bar linkages and five-bar truss structures using the proposed method. We confirmed that it was possible to enumerate the assembly and working modes and to identify the geometrical conditions that enable overconstrained motions.
Kinematic Analysis of Mechanisms Based on Parametric Polynomial System: Basic Concept of a Method Using Gröbner Cover and Its Application to Planar Mechanisms
Contributed by the Mechanisms and Robotics Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MECHANISMS AND ROBOTICS. Manuscript received October 13, 2018; final manuscript received January 4, 2019; published online February 22, 2019. Assoc. Editor: Clement Gosselin.
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Arikawa, K. (February 22, 2019). "Kinematic Analysis of Mechanisms Based on Parametric Polynomial System: Basic Concept of a Method Using Gröbner Cover and Its Application to Planar Mechanisms." ASME. J. Mechanisms Robotics. April 2019; 11(2): 020906. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4042475
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