Mechanical Computation for Passive Force Control

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Mechanical Computation for Passive Force Control
Force control implemented by a passive mechanical device (perhaps a wrist) has inherent advantages over active implementations. A passive mechanical device can regain some of the versatility of its active counterpart if it incorporates mechanical elements with programmable parameters, e.g. damping coefficients or spring stiffnesses. We wish to characterize the range of accommodation matrices that a passive device may be programmed to possess. Here we review the known theoretical limits on the accommodation (inverse damping) matrices that any linear system of programmable dampers may adopt. Recent results [22, 26] show that such matrices are well suited to force-guided assembly. However, even with fully adjustable damping constants a mechanical device of fixed geometric design can attain only a subset of the all accommodation matrices. In this work we describe the set of attainable accommodation matrices, and show that each such matrix can be composed of a positive linear combinations ...
Ambarish Goswami, Michael A. Peshkin
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Type Conference
Year 1993
Where ICRA
Authors Ambarish Goswami, Michael A. Peshkin
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