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Stiffness Control of Parallel Continuum Robots

[+] Author Affiliations
Vincent Aloi, Caleb Rucker

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Caroline Black

University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL

Paper No. DSCC2018-9112, pp. V001T04A012; 7 pages
  • ASME 2018 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 1: Advances in Control Design Methods; Advances in Nonlinear Control; Advances in Robotics; Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics; Automotive Dynamics and Emerging Powertrain Technologies; Automotive Systems; Bio Engineering Applications; Bio-Mechatronics and Physical Human Robot Interaction; Biomedical and Neural Systems; Biomedical and Neural Systems Modeling, Diagnostics, and Healthcare
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA, September 30–October 3, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5189-0
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


Parallel continuum robots can provide compact, compliant manipulation of tools in robotic surgery and larger-scale human robot interaction. In this paper we address stiffness control of parallel continuum robots using a general nonlinear kinetostatic modeling framework based on Cosserat rods. We use a model formulation that estimates the applied end-effector force and pose using actuator force measurements. An integral control approach then modifies the commanded target position based on the desired stiffness behavior and the estimated force and position. We then use low-level position control of the actuators to achieve the modified target position. Experimental results show that after calibration of a single model parameter, the proposed approach achieves accurate stiffness control in various directions and poses.

Copyright © 2018 by ASME
Topics: Robots , Stiffness



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