Optimization and comparison between two 6-DoF parallel kinematic machines for HIL simulations in wind tunnel
Politecnico di Milano, Mechanical Department Via La Masa 1, 20156 Milano, Italy
Parallel Robots are for sure the best choice for those applications in which a high accuracy and a high stiffness are required. As a matter of fact the closed-loop kinematic chains that characterize these machines guarantee a very low sensitivity of the end-effector position to the various sources of error. However the working volume of parallel kinematic machines is in general limited with respect to their dimensions. Moreover the reduced mobility range of the passive joints represents a critical aspect that cannot be underestimated. For these reasons PKMs should be optimized for the application they are meant.Given the specifications of the workspace that the machine should be able to cover, it’s necessary to identify an architecture that is suitable for this specific task. This paper describes the optimization process and the comparison between two candidates, the Hexaslide and the Gough-Stewart platform, in order to find out which one is the best choice for a task that requires to reproduce the hydrodynamic effect of sea waves at the bottom of scale models of off-shore wind turbines and boats during HIL simulations in the wind tunnel of the Politecnico di Milano.
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