Networked control of robotic systems is widely recognized as a potentially transformative technological enabler for several applications. However, the issues of time delays in communication and recovery from data losses have emerged as the pivotal issues that have stymied practical deployment. The study for control of robotic system with input/output communication delays has attracted many researchers' attention, but the existing results have been primarily developed for rigid-joint robots. Since joint flexibility is largely unavoidable in practical manipulators, in this paper the set-point control problem for flexible-joint robots with input/output communication delays is studied. It is demonstrated that the scattering variables address the stability problem for unknown constant delays, however, in contrast to the rigid-robot case, they cannot guarantee set-point regulation. In addition, we compute the explicit dependence of the regulation errors on the communication delays, control gains, and the desired set-point configuration. Without exact knowledge of time delays, a scattering variable based controller with position feedback is subsequently studied in this paper to guarantee stability with improved regulation performance. The control architecture is further extended to the case with time-varying delays. Simulation results are presented to validate the efficacy of the proposed control algorithms.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering