The effect of preload force on damping in tendon-driven manipulator
Article publication date: 25 March 2021
Issue publication date: 3 August 2021
The purpose of this paper is to study the preload range of tendon-driven manipulator and the relationship between preload and damping. The flexible joint manipulator (FJM) with joint flexibility is safer than traditional rigid manipulators. A FJM having an elastic tendon is called an elastic tendon-driven manipulator (ETDM) and has the advantages of being driven by a cable and having a more flexible joint. However, the elastic tendon introduces greater residual vibration, which makes the control of the manipulator more difficult. Accurate dynamic modeling is effective in solving this problem.
The present paper derives the relationship between the preload of the ETDM and the friction moment through the analysis of the forces of cables and pulleys. A dynamic model dominated by Coulomb damping is established.
The linear relationship between a decrease in the damping moment of the system and an increase in the ETDM preload is verified by mechanics analysis and experiment, and a curve of the relationship is obtained. This study provides a reference for the selection of ETDM preload.
The method to identify ETDM damping by vibration attenuation experiments is proposed, which is helpful to obtain a more accurate dynamic model of the system and to achieve accurate control and residual vibration suppression of ETDM.
This work supported by Research Program supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51675488), China.
Zhang, Y., He, L. and Wu, C. (2021), "The effect of preload force on damping in tendon-driven manipulator", Industrial Robot, Vol. 48 No. 3, pp. 454-462. https://doi.org/10.1108/IR-10-2020-0232
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