Kinematics and stiffness of a planar tensegrity parallel mechanism
In this work, the kinematics and stiffness of a planar tensegrity parallel mechanism are investigated. The analytical solutions to the forward and reverse kinematics were found using an energy method. The singular configurations and workspaces were detailed. Afterwards, the stiffness of the mechanism was analyzed. It is demonstrated that the stiffness is at a local maximum when the mechanism is in stable equilibrium and at a local minimum when the mechanism is in unstable equilibrium. The stiffness distributions are approximately symmetric about a certain line inside the actuator and Cartesian workspaces. Large values of the actuator length should be selected for high stiffness applications. The singular configurations, workspaces and stiffness variations inside the actuator and Cartesian workspaces lay a foundation for the use of the mechanism.