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Underactuation

About: Underactuation is a research topic. Over the lifetime, 4747 publications have been published within this topic receiving 86105 citations.


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TL;DR: The principal contribution of the present work is to show that the control strategy can be designed in a way that greatly simplifies the application of the method of Poincare to a class of biped models, and to reduce the stability assessment problem to the calculation of a continuous map from a subinterval of R to itself.
Abstract: Biped robots form a subclass of legged or walking robots. The study of mechanical legged motion has been motivated by its potential use as a means of locomotion in rough terrain, as well as its potential benefits to prothesis development and testing. The paper concentrates on issues related to the automatic control of biped robots. More precisely, its primary goal is to contribute a means to prove asymptotically-stable walking in planar, underactuated biped robot models. Since normal walking can be viewed as a periodic solution of the robot model, the method of Poincare sections is the natural means to study asymptotic stability of a walking cycle. However, due to the complexity of the associated dynamic models, this approach has had limited success. The principal contribution of the present work is to show that the control strategy can be designed in a way that greatly simplifies the application of the method of Poincare to a class of biped models, and, in fact, to reduce the stability assessment problem to the calculation of a continuous map from a subinterval of R to itself. The mapping in question is directly computable from a simulation model. The stability analysis is based on a careful formulation of the robot model as a system with impulse effects and the extension of the method of Poincare sections to this class of models.

995 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors considered the swing-up control problem of a two-degree-of-freedom planar robot with a single actuator and gave conditions under which the response of either degree of freedom may be globally decoupled from the response on the other and linearized.
Abstract: Underactuated mechanical systems are those possessing fewer actuators than degrees of freedom. Examples of such systems abound, including flexible joint and flexible link robots, space robots, mobile robots, and robot models that include actuator dynamics and rigid body dynamics together. Complex internal dynamics, nonholonomic behavior, and lack of feedback linearizability are often exhibited by such systems, making the class a rich one from a control standpoint. In this article the author studies a particular underactuated system known as the Acrobot: a two-degree-of-freedom planar robot with a single actuator. The author considers the so-called swing up control problem using the method of partial feedback linearization. The author gives conditions under which the response of either degree of freedom may be globally decoupled from the response of the other and linearized. This result can be used as a starting point to design swing up control algorithms. Analysis of the resulting zero dynamics as well as analysis of the energy of the system provides an understanding of the swing up algorithms. Simulation results are presented showing the swing up motion resulting from partial feedback linearization designs. >

978 citations

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TL;DR: RBO Hand 2 is presented, a highly compliant, underactuated, robust, and dexterous anthropomorphic hand that is inexpensive to manufacture and the morphology can easily be adapted to specific applications, and it is demonstrated that complex grasping behavior can be achieved with relatively simple control.
Abstract: The usefulness and versatility of a robotic end-effector depends on the diversity of grasps it can accomplish and also on the complexity of the control methods required to achieve them. We believe that soft hands are able to provide diverse and robust grasping with low control complexity. They possess many mechanical degrees of freedom and are able to implement complex deformations. At the same time, due to the inherent compliance of soft materials, only very few of these mechanical degrees have to be controlled explicitly. Soft hands therefore may combine the best of both worlds. In this paper, we present RBO Hand 2, a highly compliant, underactuated, robust, and dexterous anthropomorphic hand. The hand is inexpensive to manufacture and the morphology can easily be adapted to specific applications. To enable efficient hand design, we derive and evaluate computational models for the mechanical properties of the hand's basic building blocks, called PneuFlex actuators. The versatility of RBO Hand 2 is evaluated by implementing the comprehensive Feix taxonomy of human grasps. The manipulator's capabilities and limits are demonstrated using the Kapandji test and grasping experiments with a variety of objects of varying weight. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the effective dimensionality of grasp postures exceeds the dimensionality of the actuation signals, illustrating that complex grasping behavior can be achieved with relatively simple control.

867 citations

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TL;DR: It is demonstrated how adaptive switching supervisory control can be combined with a nonlinear Lyapunov-based tracking control law to solve the problem of global boundedness and convergence of the position tracking error to a neighborhood of the origin that can be made arbitrarily small.
Abstract: We address the problem of position trajectory-tracking and path-following control design for underactuated autonomous vehicles in the presence of possibly large modeling parametric uncertainty. For a general class of vehicles moving in either 2- or 3-D space, we demonstrate how adaptive switching supervisory control can be combined with a nonlinear Lyapunov-based tracking control law to solve the problem of global boundedness and convergence of the position tracking error to a neighborhood of the origin that can be made arbitrarily small. The desired trajectory does not need to be of a particular type (e.g., trimming trajectories) and can be any sufficiently smooth bounded curve parameterized by time. We also show how these results can be applied to solve the path-following problem, in which the vehicle is required to converge to and follow a path, without a specific temporal specification. We illustrate our design procedures through two vehicle control applications: a hovercraft (moving on a planar surface) and an underwater vehicle (moving in 3-D space). Simulations results are presented and discussed.

848 citations

Dissertation
01 Jan 2001
TL;DR: This main contribution is to find explicit change of coordinates and control that transform several classes of underactuated systems into cascade nonlinear systems with structural properties that are convenient for control design purposes.
Abstract: This thesis is devoted to nonlinear control, reduction, and classification of underactuated mechanical systems. Reduction and nonlinear control of high-order underactuated systems with kinetic symmetry is the main focus of this thesis. Our main contribution is to find explicit change of coordinates and control that transform several classes of underactuated systems, which appear in robotics and aerospace applications, into cascade nonlinear systems with structural properties that are convenient for control design purposes. The obtained cascade normal forms are three classes of nonlinear systems, namely, systems in strict feedback form, feedforward form, and nontriangular linear-quadratic form. The triangular normal forms of underactuated systems can be controlled using existing backstepping and feedforwarding procedures. However, control of the nontriangular normal forms is a major open problem. We address this problem for important classes of nontriangular systems of interest by introducing a new stabilization method based on the solutions of fixed-point equations as stabilizing nonlinear state feedback laws. As a result of the reduction process, one obtains a reduced nonlinear subsystem in cascade with a linear subsystem. For many classes of underactuated systems, this reduced nonlinear subsystem is physically meaningful. In fact, the reduced nonlinear subsystem is itself a Lagrangian system with a well-defined lower-order configuration vector. The key analytical tools that allow reduction of high-order underactuated systems using transformations in explicit forms are “normalized generalized momentums and their integrals” (whenever integrable). Both of them can be obtained from the Lagrangian of the system. Based on some basic properties of underactuated systems as actuation/passivity of shape variables, integrability/non-integrability of appropriate normalized momentums, and presence/lack of input coupling; I managed to classify underactuated systems to 8 classes. Examples of these 8 classes cover almost all major applications in robotics, aerospace systems, and benchmark systems. For underactuated systems with nonholonomic velocity constrains and symmetry, we obtained normal forms as the cascade of the constraint equation and a reduced-order Lagrangian control system which is underactuated or fully-actuated. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, Rm. 14-0551, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. Ph. 617-253-5668; Fax 617-253-1690.)

586 citations


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No. of papers in the topic in previous years
YearPapers
2023324
2022654
2021366
2020359
2019381
2018341