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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.

Position-Access Workspace of Slender Soft Manipulators

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In this article, we investigate the position-access workspace estimation of slender soft manipulators controlled via arranged bounded actuators. For this, we implement a so-called forward-backward approach on the mathematical model of the investigated soft robot deduced via the adopted Discrete Cosserat method. The proposed methodology is validated on several planar and spatial slender soft manipulators’ configurations, where we show its advantage of reducing computation complexity for estimating the workspace, compared to traditional forward approach.

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