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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.

Hydrodynamics Modeling of a Piezoelectric Micro-Robotic Fish With Double Caudal Fins

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An analytical hydrodynamics model for a piezoelectric micro-robotic fish with double caudal fins is presented in this paper. The relation between displacement of the piezoelectric actuator and oscillating angle of the caudal fin is established based on the analysis of the flexible four-bar linkage transmission. The hydrodynamics of caudal fins are described by airfoil and blade element theories. Furthermore, the dynamics and kinetics of the whole micro-robotic fish are analyzed and validated by experiments.

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