Significance of spline curve in path planning of flexible manipulator

Pritam Kumar Sarkar, Motoji Yamamoto, Akira Mohri

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Two methods are presented to design joint trajectory for a two-link flexible manipulator. In the first one, a combined Fourier series and polynomial function are used and in the second, a B-spline function is considered. In both the cases, the path satisfies the start and end kinematic constraints of motion. Using energy approach for the above two cases, the final path is generated optimizing kinetic and strain energy at the goal point that reduces the residual vibration significantly. The present study is to compare the two methods and to predict that the B-spline curve has faster convergence property and at the same time, minimizes the performance index by six-fold and hence, the reduction of residual vibration is also more as compared to the combined Fourier series and polynomial function. The dynamics of the manipulator arm during its motion as well as free vibration after reaching the goal are described by finite element analysis using Lagrange's equation of motion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2535-2540
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Publication statusPublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA. Part 3 (of 4) - Albuquerque, NM, USA
Duration: Apr 20 1997Apr 25 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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