Controller design for a Stewart platform using small workspace characteristics

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Configuration-dependent nonlinear coefficient matrices in the dynamic equation of a robot manipulator impose computational burden in real-time implementation of tracking control based on the inverse dynamics controller. However, parallel manipulators such as a Stewart platform have relatively small workspace compared to serial manipulators. Based on the characteristics of small motion range, nonlinear coefficient matrices can be approximated to constant ones. The modeling errors caused by such approximation are compensated for by H-infinity controller that treats the error as disturbance. The proposed inverse dynamics controller with approximate dynamics combined with H-infinity control shows good tracking performance even for fast tracking control in which computation of full dynamics is not easy to implement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2184-2189
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications


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