- Volume 20 Issue 6
The main objective of this study is to develop a gripper mechanixm that can be employed for assembly and removal tasks of a nozzle-dam of steam genetator in the process of the nuclear reactor maintenances. Brief description of the open-close thpe gripper mechanism, its position analysis, and its kinematic analysis are given. The optimal design of the gripper mechanism with and without slipping on its two gipping surfaces is considered. As an optimal design index, the ratio of the actuator force of prismatic cylinder to gripping load is proposed. Then, based on this index the oiptimal design is carried out to identify values of optimal design parameters for the gripper dechanism.