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Position Domain PD Control for Contour Tracking

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P. R. Ouyang, Truong Dam

Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Paper No. IMECE2010-38962, pp. 657-663; 7 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 8: Dynamic Systems and Control, Parts A and B
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4445-8
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


For multi-axis motion control applications, contour tracking is one of the most common control problems encountered by industrial manipulators and robots. In this paper, a position domain PD control method is proposed for the purpose of improving the contour tracking performance. To develop the new control method, the multi-axis motion system is viewed as a master-slave motion system where the master motion is sampled equidistantly and used as an independent variable, while the slave motions are described as functions of the master motion according to the contour tracking requirements. The dynamic model of the multi-axis motion system is developed in the position domain based on the master motion by transforming the original system dynamic equations from the time domain to the position domain. In this control methodology, the master motion will yield zero tracking error for the position as it is used as reference, and only the slave motion tracking errors will affect the final contour tracking errors. The proposed position domain PD controller is successfully examined in a Cartesian robotic system for linear motion tracking and circular contour tracking.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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