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Implementation of a discontinuous control law on a robot during collision with a stiff environment

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2 Author(s)
Lokhorst, D.M. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Toronto Univ., Ont., Canada ; Mills, J.K.

Practical tasks may require making transitions from free motion to contact motion and from contact motion to free motion. Recently, a discontinuous control law has been shown to provide stability during these transitions. The theory is extended by modifying the discontinuous control law to account for bounded parameter uncertainty. A facility for testing contact task control laws has been designed and built. The facility consists of a two-degree-of-freedom robot, a machine which stimulates a one-degree-of-freedom spring-mass-damper system, and a microcomputer for controlling both of these in real time. The robot has a horizontal, parallel link construction. High-precision direct-drive motors are used which reduce the backlash and friction associated with gear-driven joints. The spring-mass-damper machine is used to create a contact surface with dynamics that can be specified. Software has been designed to make implementation of a wide variety of control laws possible

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Robotics and Automation, 1990. Proceedings., 1990 IEEE International Conference on

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13-18 May 1990