Journal article

Unilateral Manipulability Quality Indices: Generalized Manipulability Measures for Unilaterally Actuated Robots

Jonathan Eden, Darwin Lau, Ying Tan, Denny Oetomo

Journal of Mechanical Design | American Society of Mechanical Engineers | Published : 2019


The study of the relationship between the desired system dynamics and the actuation wrench producing those dynamics is important for robotic system analysis. For traditionally actuated robots, the quality indices of dexterity and manipulability quantify this relationship. However, for unilaterally actuated robots (UARs), such as grasping hands and cable-driven parallel robots (CDPRs), these indices cannot be applied due to the unilateral actuation constraint. In this paper, the quality indices of unilateral dexterity (UD) and unilateral maximum force amplification (UMFA) are established for UARs with arbitrary number of actuators. It is shown that these quality indices provide task-independe..

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