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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.

Elastostatic Modeling of Multi-Link Flexible Manipulator Based on Two-Dimensional Dual-Triangle Tensegrity Mechanism


The paper deals with the elastostatic modeling of a multi-link flexible manipulator based on the two-dimensional (2D) dual-triangle tensegrity mechanism and its nonlinear behavior under external loading. The main attention is paid to the static equilibriums and the manipulator stiffness behavior under the loading for the arbitrary initial configuration. It was proved that there is a quasi-buckling phenomenon for this manipulator while the external loading is increasing. In the neighborhood of these configurations, the manipulator behavior was analyzed using the enhanced virtual joint method (VJM). A relevant simulation study confirmed the obtained theoretical results.

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