Successful Collaboration with Laval University, Canada

Recently, Teun spent four months at Laval University Robotics Laboratory, Canada, to perform a range of experiments to validate a new stiffness analysis method. Now he has returned to apply his insights to new and exciting haptic devices.

Stiffness is one of the main characteristics of a haptic master device. Since Teun’s PhD project is on the optimization of these devices, stiffness is also one of the main topics in his research. The Laval University Robotics Laboratory, Quebec City, Canada was founded by Prof. Clément Gosselin, who is one of the central figures in parallel robotics research.

Parallel robotics have complex kinematic structures, which also makes stiffness analysis a challenging subject. Recently, Teun developed a novel stiffness analysis method, which is in the process of being published in the Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science. Together with the researchers of the Laval University Robotics Laboratory, Teun has worked to validate this method for a range of parallel mechanisms. The results will be published over the course of the coming year.

This exchange was partially funded by the De Breed Kreiken innovation fund. For more information on the Laval University Robotics Laboratory, see http://robot.gmc.ulaval.ca/en/. Also, if you would like to know more about this topic, do not hesitate to contact Teun about it.

The staff and students of the Laval University Robotics Laboratory, as present during Teun's final presentation on 19 December 2014.

The staff and students of the Laval University Robotics Laboratory, as present during Teun’s final presentation on 19 December 2014.

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