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ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

  • Measurement Configuration Optimization and Kinematic Calibration of a Parallel Robot
    by Huang C, Xie F, Liu X, et al. on December 10, 2021 at 12:00 am

    AbstractThis paper presents the kinematic calibration of a four-degrees-of-freedom (4DOF) high-speed parallel robot. In order to improve the calibration effect by decreasing the influence of the unobservable disturbance variables introduced by error measurement, a measurement configuration optimization method is proposed. Configurations are iteratively selected inside the workspace by a searching algorithm, then the selection results are evaluated through an index associated with the condition number of the identification Jacobian matrix; finally, the number of optimized configurations is determined. Since the selection algorithm has been shown to be sensitive to local minima, a meta-heuristic method has been applied to decrease this sensibility. To verify the effectiveness of the algorithm and kinematic calibration, computation validations, pose error estimations, and experiments are performed. The results show that the identification accuracy and calibration effect can be significantly improved by using the optimized configurations.

Contact Kinematics Between Three-Dimensional Rigid Bodies With General Surface Parameterization


This paper provides an improvement of classic Montana’s contact kinematics equations considering non-orthogonal object parameterizations. In Montana’s model, the reference frame used to define the relative motion between two rigid bodies in three-dimensional space is chosen as the Gauss frame, assuming there is an orthogonal coordinate system on the object surface. To achieve global orthogonal parameterizations on arbitrarily shaped object surfaces, we define the relative motion based on the reference frame field, which is the orthogonalization of the surface natural basis at every contact point. The first- and second-order contact kinematics, including the velocity and acceleration analysis of the relative rolling, sliding, and spinning motion, are reformulated based on the reference frame field and the screw theory. We use two simulation examples to illustrate the proposed method. The examples are based on simple non-orthogonal surface parameterizations, instead of seeking for global orthogonal parameterizations on the surfaces.
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