This paper describes the simulation, design, and testing of a high-performance six degree-of-freedom hexapod for the purpose of isolating sensitive payloads from low-frequency vibrations. Design criteria required the hexapod to support a generic payload up to 500 lb with an isolation plunge frequency of approximately 1 Hz. Simulations were performed using Matlab in order to determine the optimum geometry of the base and platform structures in order to provide the best combination of translation-rotation uncoupling, frequency spread, plunge frequency, and jitter. Based on these simulation results, hexapod base and platform structures were designed and fabricated based on a 50 inch-diameter platform size. All of the accumulators and pneumatic hardware were embedded into the base structure to allow for a totally contained system. Modal testing of the hexapod was performed in order to verify the modes predicted by the model.

You do not currently have access to this content.