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A nonlinear model of a harmonic drive gear transmission

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2 Author(s)
Tuttle, T.D. ; Artificial Intelligence Lab., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA ; Seering, W.P.

Harmonic drives can exhibit very nonlinear dynamic behavior. In order to capture this behavior, not only must dynamic models include accurate representations of transmission friction, compliance, and kinematic error, but also important features of harmonic-drive gear-tooth geometry and interaction must be understood. In this investigation, experimental observations were used to guide the development of a model to describe harmonic-drive operation. Unlike less detailed representations, this model was able to replicate many of the features observed in actual harmonic-drive dynamic response. Unfortunately, since model parameters can only be derived from careful analysis of experimental dynamic response, it seems unlikely that any comparably sufficient representation can be constructed with parameter values obtained from catalogs or simple experimental observations

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Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 3 )