A Torque-Controlled Actuator With High Rigidity and Low Aspect Ratio

Chia Cheng Chung, Chun Hung Huang, Chao Chieh Lan

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To ensure safe and accurate environment-robot interaction, a torque sensor is usually mounted at the output of an actuator to detect and control the output torque. Deformation-based sensors at the actuator output would significantly increase the actuator size and complexity while decreasing the output rigidity in off-axis directions. To reduce the extra complexity, space, and output compliance required for torque sensing, this article proposes a torque-controlled actuator that does not rely on deformation-based sensing at the actuator output. Instead, a torsion spring is mounted at the input of the harmonic drive. Encoders are used to sense the spring deformation to control the output torque with low sensing noise. Hence, the size of the actuator can be minimized while the output rigidity can be maintained. Using the torsion spring can also significantly reduce the reflected output inertia of the actuator. Experiments are provided to demonstrate torque control accuracy and bandwidth. Position control results also show a comparable response to actuators that do not have torque sensors. This new torque-controlled actuator can provide a more competitive solution for collaborative robots to interact with humans or the environment.

頁(從 - 到)5572-5582
期刊IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
出版狀態Published - 2022 12月 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 控制與系統工程
  • 電腦科學應用
  • 電氣與電子工程


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