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Motion of two rigid bodies with rolling constraint

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2 Author(s)
Zexiang Li ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., California Univ., Berkeley, CA, USA ; Canny, John

The motion of two rigid bodies under rolling constraint is considered. In particular, the following two problems are addressed: (1) given the geometry of the rigid bodies, determine the existence of an admissible path between two contact configurations; and (2) assuming that an admissible path exists, find such a path. First, the configuration space of contact is defined, and the differential equations governing the rolling constraint are derived. Then, a generalized version of Frobenius's theorem, known as Chow's theorem, for determining the existence of motion is applied. Finally, an algorithm is proposed that generates a desired path with one of the objects being flat. Potential applications of this study include adjusting grasp configurations of a multifingered robot hand without slipping, contour following without dissipation or wear by the end-effector of a manipulator, and wheeled mobile robotics

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Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 1 )