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Antagonistic control of a tendon driven manipulator

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4 Author(s)
S. C. Jacobsen ; Center for Eng. Design, Utah Univ., Salt Lake City, UT, USA ; H. Ko ; E. K. Iversen ; C. C. Davis

Two antagonistic control algorithms are described. These algorithms are used to control manipulator links which are antagonistically driven by two actuators via tendons. They have been simulated and experimentally shown to produce better active and passive performance for an electric test system than control algorithms developed earlier. The algorithms use both positive and negative (push and pull) commands to be given to the actuators. Previous systems generated only pull commands, ensuring that tendons would not go slack and give rise to backlash and other problems. The proposed controllers allow push commands to the actuators but still do not allow tendons to go slack. Each actuator, in addition to being fed back its respective tendon force, is fed back both positive and negative manipulator joint torques. This feature allows both actuators to simultaneously respond to torque errors

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Robotics and Automation, 1989. Proceedings., 1989 IEEE International Conference on

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14-19 May 1989