Input Rationality Analysis of Three Degree of freedom Parallel Mechanism with Limbs of Embedding Structures
Three degrees of freedom (3-DoF) parallel mechanism (PM) with limbs of embedding structures is a kind of PM with a coupling relationship between limbs. In order to obtain a more desirable motion, the analysis of its actuated pairs shall be conducted. However, the fact that the existence of limbs coupling results in non-unique limb group, this mechanism has multiple limb groups. In this regard, the traditional input selection theory is not suitable for direct application in the input rationality analysis. Aiming to avoid this, a general extended input selection theory and limb group selection rule are proposed. The former tackles the traditional input selection theory which is not suitable for analyzing the input of PM with limbs of embedding structures since it does not take the influence of group into consideration, whereas the latter makes the calculation of the former easier. Based on the extended input selection theory and the limb group selection rule, the input and configuration of the 3-DoF PM with limbs of embedding structures are improved.