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W Khalil, E Dombre, in Modeling, Identification and Control of Robots, 2002 Practical computation of the computed torque control laws

The control laws [14.22] and [14.31] can be computed by the inverse dynamic Newton-Euler algorithm (§ 9.5) without requiring explicit knowledge of A and H. The algorithm provides the joint torques as a function of three arguments, namely the vectors of joint positions, velocities and accelerations. By comparing equations [14.2] and [14.22], we can conclude that:

to compute the control law [14.22] (Figures 14.3 and Figure 14.4), the input arguments of the Newton-Euler algorithm should be:

the joint position is equal to the current joint position q;

the joint velocity is equal to the current joint velocity q˙;

the joint acceleration is equal to w(t);

to compute the control law[14.31], the input arguments of the Newton-Euler algorithm should be:

the joint position is equal to the desired joint position qd;

the joint velocity is equal to the desired joint velocity qd;

the joint acceleration is equal to w(t).

The computational cost of the computed torque control in the joint space is therefore more or less equal to the number of operations of the inverse dynamic model. As we stated in Chapter 9, the problem of on-line computation of this model at a sufficient rate is now considered solved (Chapter 9). Some industrial robot controllers offer a partial implementation of the computed torque control algorithm.

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Dynamic modeling of serial robots

W Khalil, E Dombre, in Modeling, Identification and Control of Robots, 2002

9.5.3 Practical form of the Newton-Euler algorithm

Since Jj and MSj are constants when referred to their own link coordinates, the Newton-Euler algorithm can be efficiently computed by referring the velocities, accelerations, forces and moments to the local link coordinate system [Luh 80b]. The forward recursive equations become, for j = 1, …, n:








For a stationary base, the initial conditions are ω0=0,ω˙0=0andV˙0=g.

The use ofjUj saves 21n multiplications and 6n additions in the computation of the inverse dynamic model of a general robot [Kleinfinger 86a].

It is to be noted that jV˙j means jA00V˙j, and not the time derivative ofjVj, since jV˙j=ddtjVj+jωj×jVj. On the contrary,jω˙j is equal to the time derivative of jωj.

The backward recursive equations, for j = n, …, 1, are:





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The previous algorithm can be numerically programmed for a general serial robot. Its computational complexity is O(n), which means that the number of operations is linear in the number of degrees of freedom. However, as we will see in the next section, the use of the base inertial parameters in a customized symbolic algorithm considerably reduces the number of operations of the dynamic model.

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L. Gan, ... G. Yang, in Advances in Computers, 2017

5.2 Algorithmic Offsetting

The identical rule to compute the fluxes on a common edge of two consecutive mesh elements (remarked in Section 5.1) offers us a big optimizing space by means of the streaming offsetting model. We thus propose an algorithmic offsetting method to simplify the Euler stencil kernel.

Algorithm 3—Part 1 shows a fragment of the State Reconstruction step to compute east-direction intermediate variables qe[0], qe[1], and west-direction intermediate variable qw[1]. We can figure out that computing qe[0] and qw[1] is applying an identical rule on different elements from input stream x, and computing qe[1] and qe[0] is applying similar rules on different elements. We further use Fig. 9 to illustrate the streaming pipelines that are deployed to compute the parts of qe[0] and qw[1] shown in bold in Algorithm 3—Part 1. The operations connected by solid pipelines are deployed to compute the part of qe[0] shown in bold, and the operations connected by dotted pipelines are deployed to compute the part of qw[1] shown in bold. Obviously, the operations in the two pipelines are identical, and the input elements for dotted pipeline are one time step backward of elements for solid pipeline. As a result, all the operations connected by dotted lines can be replaced by offsetting existing stream one time step backward (offset(− 1)). Similarly, we only need to compute the stream qe[0] in Algorithm 3. By offsetting stream qe[0] one time step backward, we can get the stream of qw[1] at current time step. As for qe[1], similar offsetting methods could also be applied with few modifications. The approach of algorithmic offsetting is shown in Algorithm 3—Part 2.

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Fig. 9. The streaming pipeline to finish the corresponding calculations of Euler Equations. Operations by dotted lines can be replaced by offsetting existing streams.

By applying algorithmic offsetting on both the State Reconstruction and Riemann Solver steps, we manage to eliminate 40% of the total floating operations (“ALG offsetting” row in Table 2).

Table 2. Number of Floating-Point Operations per Sweep of Euler

Part 1+, −×÷Pow,SqrtOffset
Original ALG119269717048132a
ALG offsetting619549762130a + 140b
Look-up table424460512130a + 140b
Offset operations on original input streams.
New offset operations generated after using ALG offsetting.

Algorithm 3

Demonstration of the Algorithmic Offsetting Method

(qe[0], qe[1], qw[1] are intermediate variables in State Reconstruction of Euler algorithm)

Part 1: Original code.

qe[0] = 24*x[k,j,i] - (x[k,j,i+1]+x[k,j,i-1]+x[k,j+1,i]+x[k,j-1,i]+x[k+1,j,i]+x[k-1,j,i]) +

3*(x[k,j,i+1]+x[k,j,i-1]) - 2*(x[k,j,i+1]-x[k,j,i-1]);

qe[1] = 24*x[k,j,i+1] - (x[k,j,i+2]+x[k,j,i]+x[k,j+1,i+1]+x[k,j-1,i+1]+x[k+1,j,i+1]+x[k-1,j,i+1]) +

3*(x[k,j,i+2]+x[k,j,i]) + 2*(x[k,j,i+2]-x[k,j,i]);

qw[1] = 24*x[k,j,i-1] - (x[k,j,i]+x[k,j,i-2]+x[k,j+1,i-1]+x[k,j-1,i-1]+x[k+1,j,i-1]+x[k-1,j,i-1]) +

3*(x[k,j,i]+x[k,j,i-2]) - 2*(x[k,j,i]-x[k,j,i-2]);

Part 2: Algorithmic offsetting method.

tmp1 = 24*x[k,j,i]-(x[k,j,i+1]+x[k,j,i-1]+x[k,j+1,i]+x[k,j-1,i]+x[k+1,j,i]+x[k-1,j,i])+


tmp2 = 2*(x[k,j,i+1]-x[k,j,i-1]);

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qe[0](t) =tmp1 - tmp2;

qe[1](t) =tmp1(t+1) + tmp2(t+1);

qw[1](t) =qe[0](t-1);

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Dynamics of robots with complex structure

W Khalil, E Dombre, in Modeling, Identification and Control of Robots, 2002

Example 10.1

Dynamic model of the Acma SR400 robot. The geometry and the constraint equations of the loop of this robot are treated in Example 7.1. The inverse dynamic model of the tree structured robot is computed using the recursive Newton-Euler algorithm quoted in§ 10.2.2. To compute the dynamic model of the closed chain, we have to calculate the Jacobian matrix G representing the derivative of the variables qtr with respect to the variables qa. We recall that:


The constraint equations are obtained in Example 7.1 as:


From these equations, we obtain:


The actuated torques of the closed chain robot is computed in terms of the joint torques of the tree structure as:


where Γclj and Γtrj denote the torque of joint j in the closed structure and in the tree structure respectively.

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Compliant motion control

W Khalil, E Dombre, in Modeling, Identification and Control of Robots, 2002

15.6 Hybrid position/force control

Using the previous methods, we can specify a desired dynamic behavior of the robot but we cannot prescribe a desired wrench. In the following, we address some methods where both position and force can be specified. Much work has been carried out on this topic such as that of [Nevins 73], [Reboulet 85], [Merlet 86], [Robert 86], [Perdereau 91], [Dégoulange 93], [Morel 94], etc. Two families ofcontrol schemes with force control loops are introduced: parallel hybrid position/force control and external hybrid control.

15.6.1 Parallel hybrid position/force control

The parallel hybrid position/force control finds its roots in the work of Raibert and Craig[Raibert 81]. It satisfies simultaneously the desired position and force constraints of the task. Positions and forces are specified according to the Mason formulation: directions that are constrained in position are force controlled, while those that are constrained in force (zero force) are position or velocity controlled.Duffy[Duffy 90] has shown that it is not correct to consider the velocity subspace and the force subspace as orthogonal as suggested in [Raibert 81]. Rather, it is the position or velocity controlled directions and the force controlled directions that have to be orthogonal in the compliance frame.

In the parallel hybrid control method, the robot is controlled by two complementary feedback loops, one for the position, the other for the force. Each has its own sensory system and control law. The control laws of both loops are added before being sent to the actuator as a global control signal G (Figure 15.8). Each degree of freedom of the compliant frame is controlled by the position or force loop through the use of a compliance selection matrixS, which is diagonal such that:

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Figure 15.8. Principle of the hybrid position/force control


where sj = 1 if the jth degree of freedom of the compliance frame is position controlled or Sj = 0 if it is force controlled.

Since both loops act cooperatively, each joint contributes to the realization of both the position control and the force control.

Three forms of hybrid control schemes can be distinguished according to the type of the global control signal G:

G is equivalent to joint torques (Figure 15.9);

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Figure 15.9. Hybrid force-position control scheme with addition of joint torques

(from [Raibert 81])

G is equivalent to displacements or velocities in the task space and has to be multiplied by the robot inverse Jacobian to obtain joint positions (Figure 15.10);

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Figure 15.10. Hybrid force-position control scheme with addition of velocities

G is equivalent to forces in the task space and has to be multiplied by the transpose of the Jacobian matrix (Figure 15.11).

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Figure 15.11. Hybrid force-position control scheme with addition of task forces

In these figures, the frame transformation computations for velocities, forces and for the Jacobian matrix are not indicated. Practically, the matrices S and (IS) are applied to signals expressed in the compliance frame. For position control in the joint space (Figures 15.9 and15.10), we can use one of the laws presented in Chapter 14, for example the PID controller of equation [14.5], which is:


whereas for a PID control in the task space (Figure 15.11), we have (equation [14.17]):


Normally, the force control law is chosen as:


Note that, due to the noise of force sensors, the velocity in the task space is used with the derivative gain rather than the derivative of the force.

In these schemes, we can also include feedforward compensation for the nonlinear dynamics of the robot. For example, the position loop of the hybrid control of Figure 15.11 may be realized by the nonlinear decoupling control law in the task space described in § 14.4.3. The corresponding block diagram is given inFigure 15.12[Khatib 87]. The computation of the control vector Γ can be achieved with the Newton-Euler algorithm in a similar way to that described in Appendix 10, with the following arguments:

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Figure 15.12. Implementation of the dynamic hybrid position-force control scheme

the joint position is equal to the current joint position q;

the joint velocity is equal to the current joint velocity q˙;

the joint acceleration is equal to:


the force exerted by the terminal link on the environment can be taken to be equal to:


where all terms are computed in the compliance frame Rc.

An and Hollerbach [An 87] showed that the control schemes of Figures 15.9 and 15.10, which require the inverse of the Jacobian matrix, have an unstable behavior when implemented on a robot with revolute joints, even in non-singular configurations. They assigned this instability to an interaction between the inertiamatrix and the inverse kinematic model J−1, whereas the scheme usingJT (Figure 15.11) always produces stable results. Fisher and Mutjaba [Fisher 92] showed that this instability comes from the formulation of the inverse kinematic model in the position loop of the hybrid scheme. Using the selection matrixS to separate position and force requirements in the task space is conceptually straightforward. Geometrically, the selection matrix is a projection that reduces the task space to a desired subspace of interest. Problems may arise when this selected task subspace is mapped onto the joint space using the robot Jacobian matrix. From the classical scheme of Figure 15.9 and equation [5.2], we can write that:


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From this equation, it can be seen that the selection matrix S reduces the task space of the robot, which becomes redundant with respect to the displacement task. Thus, instabilities of the hybrid control scheme of Craig and Raibert are the consequence of an erroneous formulation of the projection of the task error vector into the joint space. In fact, knowing that (SJ)+S = (SJ)+, the general solution of [15.24] is:


Fisher and Mutjaba [Fisher 92] showed that choosing Z =J−1S dX as the optimization term in equation [15.25] is equivalent to the inverse kinematic relationdq =J−1S dX. This choice ofZ does not ensure stability and explains the instabilities that can appear with the hybrid control scheme. Indeed, they showed that the first term of equation[15.25], which is the minimal norm solution, is always stable. Consequently, as indicated in Figure 15.13, the position loop reference input should be:

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Figure 15.13. Hybrid force-position control scheme

(from [Fisher 92])


In a similar manner, they showed that the force loop reference input could remain as the original one:


More general solutions with optimization terms are:



where Zq and Zf are arbitrary position and force vectors in the joint space respectively.

15.6.2 External hybrid control scheme

The external hybrid control scheme is composed of two embedded control loops [De Schutter 88], [Perdereau 91]: the outer loop controls force while the inner one controls position (Figure 15.14). The output of the outer loop is transformed into a desired position input for the inner loop. The resulting displacement of the robot permits exertion of the desired contact force on the environment. The external hybrid control scheme is relatively easy to implement and requires a rather small amount of computation. It can be implemented in industrial robots while keeping their conventional controllers [Thérond 96].

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Figure 15.14. Principle of the external hybrid control scheme

The position control loop can be achieved either in the task space or in the joint space by implementing one of the methods presented in Chapter 14.

The additional displacement reference signal is given by:


where K^e is an estimate of the stiffness of the environment.

Thanks to the integral force action, the wrench error(fdf) is allowed to prevail over the position error (XdX) at steady state [Pujas 95].

This control can be applied with a nonlinear decoupling impedance control in the task space [Chiaverini 93] by setting w(t) as the sum of two terms, wX(t) and wF(t), which are the contributions of the position loop and the force loop respectively:




Note that wF(t) is obtained by multiplying the force signal by Λ−1 because it is equivalent to an acceleration. The decoupled control law is obtained from equation[15.15] as:


If the robot dynamic model is perfectly known, combining equations [15.30],[15.31] and [15.32] yields:


When Kf =0 and Kfl =0, the control law[15.32] becomes equivalent to the impedance control (Figure 15.7). Besides, if Λ =I, it reduces to the decoupling nonlinear control in the task space such as that shown in Figure 14.5.

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