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Joint velocity redistribution for fault tolerant manipulators

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2 Author(s)
Abdi, Hamid ; Centre for Intell. Syst. Res., Deakin Univ., Geelong, VIC, Australia ; Nahavandi, S.

If the end-effector of a robotic manipulator moves on a specified trajectory, then for the fault tolerant operation, it is required that the end-effector continues the trajectory with a minimum velocity jump when a fault occurs within a joint. This problem is addressed in the paper. A way to tolerate the fault is to find new joint velocities for the faulty manipulator in which results into the same end-effector velocity provided by the healthy manipulator. The aim of this study is to find a strategy which optimally redistributes the joint velocities for the remained healthy joints of the manipulators. The optimality is defined by the minimum end-effector velocity jump. A solution of the problem is presented and it is applied to a robotics manipulator. Then through a case study and a simulation study it is validated. The paper shows that if would be possible the joint velocity redistribution results into a zero velocity jump.

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Robotics Automation and Mechatronics (RAM), 2010 IEEE Conference on

Date of Conference:

28-30 June 2010