The static balancing of single-loop reconfigurable mechanisms

P. Daniel Robertson, Just L. Herder, Chin Hsing Kuo

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Abstract

Reconfigurable mechanisms are a relatively recent contribution to the field of mechanism design and authors have only just been producing real-life applications of these mechanisms. This paper builds on the application of two categories of reconfigurable mechanisms by elaborating on a generalised static balancing theory suggested in a previous review paper [1]. These categories are single loop mechanisms with one degree of freedom per mode, and single loop mechanisms with multiple degrees of freedom per mode. In this paper it is shown that all configurations of the single DoF mechanisms can be balanced using a single spring. The multiple DoF mechanisms can be balanced by balancing each link with respect to the previous link. These balancing strategies are mathematically shown to be valid. The balancing strategy is then applied to a reconfigurable rehabilitation mechanism for patients with a lower limb paralysis by Tseng et al. [2] of which a simulation and a prototype is made to validate the theory. From the simulation and prototype follows that the single spring balancing of multiple configurations of a single DoF mechanism is possible.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots, ReMAR 2018 - Proceedings
EditorsJust, L. Herder, Volkert van der Wijk
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
PublisherIEEE
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781538663806
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event4th IEEE/IFToMM International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots, ReMAR 2018 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 20 Jun 201822 Jun 2018

Conference

Conference4th IEEE/IFToMM International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots, ReMAR 2018
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period20/06/1822/06/18

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