Document Type: Research Paper


Department of Electrical and Robotic Engineering, Shahrood University Of Technology, Shahrood, Iran


A flexible-joint robot manipulator is a complex system because it is nonlinear, multivariable, highly coupled along with joint flexibility and uncertainty. To overcome flexibility, several methods have been proposed based on flexible model. This paper presents a novel method for controlling flexible-joint robot manipulators. A novel control law is presented by compensating flexibility to form a rigid robot and then control methods for rigid robots are applied. Feedback linearization and direct adaptive fuzzy control, based on rigid model, are designed with torque control strategy. A decentralized adaptive fuzzy controller is designed because of simplicity and ease of implementation. Effectiveness of the proposed control approach is demonstrated by simulations, using a three-joint articulated flexible-joint robot, driven by permanent magnet dc motors.


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