Adaptive Synchronized Control for a Planar Parallel Manipulator: Theory and Experiments

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Lu Ren

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, 5 King’s College Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3G8ren@mie.utoronto.ca

James K. Mills

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, 5 King’s College Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3G8mills@mie.utoronto.ca

Dong Sun

Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, 87 Tat Chee Ave., Kowloon, Hong Kongmedsun@cityu.edu.hk

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 128(4), 976-979 (Dec 11, 2005) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2363200 History: Received October 27, 2004; Revised December 11, 2005

In this paper, we develop a new control method, termed adaptive synchronized (A-S) control, for improving tracking accuracy of a P-R-R type planar parallel manipulator with parametric uncertainty. The novelty of A-S control, a combination of synchronized control and adaptive control, is in the application of synchronized control to a single parallel manipulator so that tracking accuracy is improved during high-speed, high-acceleration tracking motions. Through treatment of each chain as a submanipulator; the P-R-R manipulator is thus modeled as a multi-robot system comprised of three submanipulators grasping a common payload. Considering the geometry of the platform, these submanipulators are kinematically constrained and move in a synchronous manner. To solve this synchronization control problem, a synchronization error is defined, which represents the coupling effects among the submanipulators. With the employment of this synchronization error, tracking accuracy of the platform is improved. Simultaneously, the estimated unknown parameters converge to their true values through the use of a bounded-gain-forgetting estimator. Experiments conducted on the P-R-R manipulator demonstrate the validity of the approach.

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Figure 1

Top view of experimental setup of the P-R-R manipulator

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Figure 2

Desired trajectory of the platform

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Figure 3

Pose errors of the platform

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Figure 4

Position errors of the three prismatic joints

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Figure 5

Unknown parameter estimations




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