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Volume 27 Issue 9 - Publication Date: 1 September 2008
 
Wire-driven Parallel Robot: Permitting Collisions Between Wires
 
Y. Wischnitzer Robotics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Technion City, Haifa 32000, Israel, N. Shvalb Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ariel University Center of Samaria, Ariel 40700, Israel and M. Shoham Robotics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Technion City, Haifa 32000, Israel
 
In spatial designs of wire-driven parallel robots, collisions between wires by limiting platform trajectories. The common practice for avoiding collisions between wires is by limiting the moving platform trajectories. However, as opposed to rigid links, wires may tangle and the robot may still be functional. Hence, the purpose of this work is to examine the possibility of permitting wire collisions and thus expanding the workspace of the robot. Under the assumptions of negligible wire mass and diameter and negligible friction between the wires, the inverse kinematics of a robot with two colliding wires is formulated and was solved numerically. In addition, linearization was performed and found to be accurate excluding the initial steps of collision. To resolve this, approximated systems were solved analytically (up to univariate high-order polynomials) using an elimination method that provides accurate results. An experimental setup with two motorized wires was built and the theoretical and experimental results are presented. Velocities and forces mappings for the wire-driven parallel robot under wire collisions were also formulated. It should be noted that unlike the collisions-free case, these two mappings are not identical.
 
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