Energy-optimal control of semi-passively actuated SCARA-like robot
Paper in proceedings, 2002
The optimal control of a new structure of manipulator robot is under study. In comparison with the well-known SCARA robot the proposed robotic system has several
unpowered (passive) spring-damper-like drives. An additional link has also been incorporated into the structure that gives the possibility to obtain a semi-passively actuated closed-loop chain robot. Energy-optimal motion of the robot is under study for the periodic pick-and-place operations. To design the optimal control of the robot a polynomial-Fourier series approximation of the independent variable functions and a sequential
quadratic programming method have been used. We are in particular studying the sensitivity of the kinematic, dynamic and energetic characteristics of the obtained
optimal motion of the robot with respect to the parameters of the passive drives and the degree of actuation of the system.
Unpowered Spring-Damper Actuators