Port-Based Modeling of a Flexible Link

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Macchelli, A. and Melchiorri, C. and Stramigioli, S. (2007) Port-Based Modeling of a Flexible Link. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 23 (4). pp. 650-660. ISSN 1552-3098

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Abstract:In this paper, a simple way to model flexible robotic links is presented. This is different from classical approaches and from the Euler–Bernoulli or Timoshenko theory, in that the proposed model is able to describe large deflections in 3-D space and does not rely on any finite-dimensional approximation (e.g., modal approximation). The model has been formulated within
the port Hamiltonian formalism because intuitive considerations on the geometric behavior of the elastic link naturally define a Stokes–Dirac structure, the kernel of a port Hamiltonian system. Moreover, port Hamiltonian systems can be easily interconnected, thus allowing the description of complex systems as a composition of parts in an object-oriented way. By combining rigid bodies, springs, dampers, joints and, finally, flexible links, it is virtually
possible to model and mathematically describe whatever complex mechanical structure formed by beams. In order to demonstrate the dynamical properties of the model and how complex mechanisms can be obtained by port interconnection, simulations of 1-DoF and 2-DoF serial manipulators and of a 2-DoF flexible
closed kinematic chain are presented.
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Copyright:© 2007 IEEE
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/58600
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TRO.2007.898990
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