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A Reduced-Order Observer Based Piezoelectric Control of Flexible Cartesian (SCARA) Robot Manipulator

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Zeyu Liu, Nader Jalili, Mohsen Dadfarnia, Darren M. Dawson

Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Paper No. IMECE2002-33544, pp. 395-401; 7 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Dynamic Systems and Control
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3629-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


An observer based control strategy is proposed for a flexible Cartesian (SCARA) Robot which is modeled as a flexible cantilever beam with a translational base support. A piezoelectric (PZT) patch actuator is bonded on the top surface of the flexible arm to apply a controlled moment for vibration suppression requirement. Utilizing three measurable quantities (i.e., the base displacement, arm tip deflection and the strain at the root end of the arm), a reduced-order observer is designed to estimate the velocity related variables, which are not measurable. A simple PD controller is selected for the moving base regulation control, while a Lyapunov function candidate based on a very simple energy relationship is utilized for the PZT input voltage to make the closed-loop system energy dissipative and hence stable. In this paper, the PZT input voltage control uses the velocity related signals estimated by the reduced-order observer, which makes the control structure simpler. The feasibility of the controller is validated by the numerical simulations and experimental results.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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