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Wrist Camera-Based Vibration Suppression Control for a Flexible Manipulator

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This paper addresses a vision-based method for estimating vibration excited in the tip of a flexible-link manipulator. In this method, estimation of vibration is achieved by observing the variation of image features projected on a wrist camera. It mimics the situation of utilizing a wrist camera in tip vibration control of a space manipulator. In space, a vision sensor can be expected to be a feasible means for measuring the elastic vibration of the space manipulators, since they are more reliable compared with sensors like strain gauges. The method proposed in this paper takes advantage of the frequential characteristics of visual information that are reflected as a blurred background scene. With the high-frequency component of the projected image features, a Kalman filter-based observer is implemented as the estimator for the vibration. This implementation is characterized by the considerations of incorporating the slow sensor of the camera in the fast servo loop and compensation of the time delay due to image processing. With the vibration estimator, vibration suppression control relying solely on a wrist camera becomes possible. This scheme is successfully verified by experiments.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Aerospace Engineering, Tohoku University, Aoba-yama 6-6-01, Sendai 980-8579, Japan;, Email: 2: Department of Aerospace Engineering, Tohoku University, Aoba-yama 6-6-01, Sendai 980-8579, Japan

Publication date: 2011-04-01

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