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Kinematics and Force Optimization for Efficient Self-Reconfiguration of Chain-Type Modular Robots

[+] Author Affiliations
Carl A. Nelson, Raymond J. Cipra

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Paper No. DETC2005-84612, pp. 793-801; 9 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 29th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Long Beach, California, USA, September 24–28, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4744-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3766-1
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The problem of self-reconfiguration planning for chain-type unit-modular robots is a complex one, with many issues yet to be successfully addressed. This paper describes an approach to several sub-problems associated with self-reconfiguration, namely kinematic modeling and analysis, including kinematic constraint satisfaction, and load analysis and redistribution. These issues are addressed in a unified framework whose primary objective is minimization of the time and mechanical energy expended during reconfiguration. Computer simulation efforts are described and results presented.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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