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ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

  • Stable Inverse Dynamics for Feedforward Control of Nonminimum-Phase Underactuated Systems
    on January 25, 2023 at 12:00 am

    AbstractAn enhanced inverse dynamics approach is here presented for feedforward control of underactuated multibody systems, such as mechanisms or robots where the number of independent actuators is smaller than the number of degrees of freedom. The method exploits the concept of partitioning the independent coordinates into actuated and unactuated ones (through a QR-decomposition) and of linearly combined output, to obtain the internal dynamics of the nonminimum-phase system and then to stabilize it through proper output redefinition. Then, the exact algebraic model of the actuated sub-system is inverted, leading to the desired control forces with just minor approximations and no need for pre-actuation. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is assessed by three numerical test cases, by comparing it with some meaningful benchmarks taken from the literature. Finally, experimental verification through an underactuated robotic arm with two degrees of freedom is performed.

Structure Synthesis of a Class of Parallel Manipulators With Fully Decoupled Projective Motion


This paper describes the structure synthesis of a special class of parallel manipulators with fully decoupled motion, that is, a one-to-one correspondence between the instantaneous motion space of the end-effector and the joint space of the manipulator. A notable finding of this study is that a fully decoupled design can be achieved for parallel manipulators with any number of degrees-of-freedom (DOFs) when the rotational DOF of the end-effector is expressed in the form of a projective angle representation. On the basis of the geometrical reasoning of the projective motion interpreted by screw algebra, a systematic approach is developed for synthesizing the structures of f-DOF (f ≤ 6) parallel manipulators with fully decoupled projective motion. Several 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-DOF parallel manipulators with fully decoupled projective motion were designed for illustrating the developed method.
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