Given is a nonsingular pose (green) of a pentapod with linear platform and nonplanar base (black anchor points).
The closest singular configuration in the position/orientation workspace is illustrated in blue/magenta.
The closest singular pose under Euclidean/equiform motions of the linear platform is displayed in red/yellow.

Singularity Closeness of StewartGough Platforms
This project is devoted to evaluating the closeness of StewartGough platforms to singularities.
This project is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).
FWF grant no. P 30855N32
Duration: 20182022
FWFFunding: € 192 774.76
Project leader: Georg Nawratil
Aims and Scope
A parallel manipulator of StewartGough (SG) type consists of a moving platform, which is connected via sphericalprismaticspherical legs with the base,
where only the prismatic joints are active. The number of applications of SG manipulators, ranging from medical surgery to astronomy,
has increased enormously during the last decades due to their advantages of high speed, stiffness, accuracy, load/weight ratio, etc.
One of the drawbacks of these parallel robots are their singular configurations, where the manipulator is shaky while all leg lengths are fixed.
As a consequence the actuator forces can become very large, which may result in a breakdown of the mechanism.
Therefore singularities have to be avoided. This reasons the high interest of the kinematic/robotic community in evaluating the singularity closeness of SG platforms,
but geometric meaningful distance measures for this task are still missing. The research project closes this gap.
Project Publications

G. Nawratil:
Singularity Distance for Parallel Manipulators of Stewart Gough Type.
Advances in Mechanism and Machine Science –
Proc. of the 15th IFToMM World Congress on Mechanism and Machine Science (T. Uhl ed.), pages 259268, Springer, 2019, ISBN 9783030201319,
DOI 10.1007/9783030201319_26
[Preprint]

A. Rasoulzadeh and G. Nawratil:
Variational Path Optimization of Linear Pentapods with a Simple Singularity Variety.
Mechanism and Machine Theory 153 (12) 104002 (2020) DOI 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2020.104002
[arXiv:1910.04810]
Supplementary data:
see homepage of Arvin Rasoulzadeh

G. Nawratil:
Evaluating the snappability of barjoint frameworks.
Advances in Robot Kinematics (J. Lenarcic, B. Siciliano eds.), pages 182189, Springer, 2020, ISBN 9783030509743,
DOI 10.1007/9783030509750_23
[Extended version on arXiv:2001.04430]
Supplementary data:
Animations of the snapping deformation of Fig. 2:
left,
center,
right

A. Kapilavai and G. Nawratil: On homotopy continuation based singularity distance computations for 3RPR manipulators.
New Trends in Mechanism Science (D. Pisla, B. Corves eds.), pages 5664, Springer, 2020, ISBN 9783030550608,
DOI 10.1007/9783030550615_8
[Extended version on arXiv:2004.08359]

G. Nawratil:
On the snappability and singularitydistance of frameworks with bars and triangular plates.
In Springer's Proceedings in Advanced Robotics of the
2nd
IMA Conference on Mathematics of Robotics (accepted)
[Corresponding arXiv paper]

A. Kapilavai, G. Nawratil: Metrics for distance computation between 3RPR configurations.
Extended Abstract published in Proc. of 7. IFToMM DACH Konferenz,
February 1819 2021, online conference due to COVID19, DOI: 10.17185/duepublico/74051

G. Nawratil:
Snappability and singularitydistance of pinjointed bodybar frameworks.
arXiv:2101.02490 (2021)
Supplementary data:
Animations of the snapping of
Example 2, the
Siamese dipyramid and the
Fourhorn as well as the
expression of the shakiness factor S for the Siamese dipyramid and
the Fourhorn, respectively
Project Talks

G. Nawratil:
15th IFToMM World Congress,
Krakow June 30July 4 2019, Poland, paper presentation.
[Slides]

G. Nawratil:
SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry,
Bern July 913 2019, Switzerland, Invited Talk (Minisymposium: Algebraic geometry for kinematics, mechanism science, and rigidity),
Title: Singularity distance computation for parallel manipulators of Stewart Gough Type.
[Slides]

G. Nawratil:
Workshop on Circle Packings and Geometric Rigidity,
July 610 2020, online due to COVID19 hosted by ICERM,
Lightning Talk,
Title: On the snappability of frameworks. [Slides]

A. Kapilavai:
PARALLEL 2020, The 4th International Workshop on Fundamental Issues,
Applications and Future Research Directions for Parallel Mechanisms/Manipulators/Machines,
September 911 2020, online conference due to COVID19, Title: On homotopy continuation based singularity distance computations for 3RPR manipulators.
[Slides]

G. Nawratil:
TUForMath, TU Wien December 3 2020, Austria, Public Talk (in German) held online due to COVID19, Title: Forme(l)n der Beweglichkeit.
[Talk on YouTube,
Slides]

A. Kapilavai:
7. IFToMM DACH Konferenz,
February 1819 2021, online conference due to COVID19, Title: Metrics for distance computation between 3RPR configurations.

A. Kapilavai:
Effective Methods in Algebraic Geometry (MEGA 2021),
June 711 2021, oral presentation in the software session held online due to COVID19, Title: Algorithms for distance computations between 3RPR configurations.

G. Nawratil:
Workshop on Real Algebraic Geometry and
Algorithms for Geometric Constraint Systems, June 1418 2021, online due to COVID19 hosted by the Fields Institute, Title:
Snappability and singularitydistance of frameworks.
[Talk on YouTube,
Slides]

G. Nawratil:
2nd
IMA Conference on Mathematics of Robotics, Manchester September 810 2021, England, paper presentation.
