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Flow-bounded trajectory-scaling algorithm for hydraulic robotic manipulators

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2020
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728167947
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics - Boston, United States
Duration: 6 Jul 20209 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM
ISSN (Electronic)2159-6255


ConferenceIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics
CountryUnited States


On-line methods for trajectory scaling have focused on torque or acceleration bounded minimum time trajectories, while other system constraints have received little attention. For hydraulic systems, volumetric flow rate of the supply unit establishes a critical constraint, that has been neglected in control design. Consequently, commercial solutions for robotic control of hydraulic manipulators are typically limited to a compromise of a slower constant endpoint velocity, that can be achieved in any operating point without violating the constrained flow rate. However, with real-time analysis of the required volumetric flow rate, the desired trajectories can be executed much faster without violating the flow rate constraint or losing control accuracy. This study proposes an on-line method for trajectory scaling to perform predetermined trajectories in minimum time. Essentially, the method scales velocity along the trajectory to maintain achievable velocity at all times. The proposed method is capable of enforcing a global volumetric flow limit, whether it is constant or time-varying. The method is validated with simulations and experiments with a real hydraulic robotic manipulator. Experimental results show a very significant improvement in the trajectory tracking control, where the tracking error is reduced from 461 mm to 73 mm on a square trajectory.

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