Available Technology

ARCHITECTURE FOR ROBUST FORCE AND IMPEDANCE CONTROL OF SERIES ELASTIC ACTUATORS

An SEA architecture for controlling the torque applied by an SEA that has particular application for controlling the position of a robot link. The SEA architecture includes a motor coupled to one end of an elastic spring and a load coupled to an opposite end of the elastic spring, where the motor drives the load through the spring. The orientation of the shaft of the motor and the load are measured by position sensors. Position signals from the position sensors are sent to an embedded processor that determines the orientation of the load relative to the motor shaft to determine the torque on the spring. The embedded processor receives reference torque signals from a remote controller, and the embedded processor operates a high-speed servo loop about the desired joint torque. The remote controller determines the desired joint torque based on higher order objectives by their impedance or positioning objectives.
Inventors: 

Brian Hargrave

Patent Number: 
US2011190934
Patent Issue Date: 
September 4, 2011
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Google Plus Share to Linkedin