Qualification: 
Ph.D
Email: 
bala@am.amrita.edu

Dr. Balakrishnan Shankar is the Associate Dean for the School of Engineering at Amritapuri campus. He currently serves as a Professor and the Chairperson at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri. His research interest includes Materials Science. Dr. Balakrishnan Shankar received his Ph. D. from University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Publications

Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2017

Conference Paper

J. Freeman, B. Shankar, and G. Sundaram, “Inverse kinematics of a dual linear actuator pitch/roll heliostat”, in AIP Conference Proceedings, 2017, vol. 1850.[Abstract]


This work presents a simple, computationally efficient inverse kinematics solution for a pitch/roll heliostat using two linear actuators. The heliostat design and kinematics have been developed, modeled and tested using computer simulation software. A physical heliostat prototype was fabricated to validate the theoretical computations and data. Pitch/roll heliostats have numerous advantages including reduced cost potential and reduced space requirements, with a primary disadvantage being the significantly more complicated kinematics, which are solved here. Novel methods are applied to simplify the inverse kinematics problem which could be applied to other similar problems. © 2017 Author(s).

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