This article investigates the dynamic properties of robotic manipulators of parallel architecture. In particular, the dependency of the dynamic equations on the manipulator’s configuration within the workspace is analyzed. The proposed approach is to linearize the dynamic equations locally throughout the workspace and to plot the corresponding natural frequencies and damping ratios. While the results are only applicable for small velocities of the manipulator, they present a first step towards the classification of the nonlinear dynamics of parallel manipulators.

The method is applied to a sample manipulator with two degrees-of-freedom. The corresponding numerical results demonstrate the extreme variation of its natural frequencies and damping ratios throughout the workspace.

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