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Kinematic analysis and control design of a retractable wheel mechanism using optimal control theory
by Safi Samghabadi, Pedram, M.Sc., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 53; 1527340
Abstract (Summary)

Mobile robots are un-manned systems and must be able to overcome the obstacles they face without human intervention. In this research we have proposed a novel retractable mechanism which converts a linear hydraulic motion into expansion of six claws at each wheel. In order to control the expansion, optimal control theory was applied and a constrained optimization problem was defined using different Simulink toolboxes and applied to the mechanism modeled in SimHydraulics/SimMechanics. The main benefit of performing both hydraulic and mechanical system simulation and also control design in the same environment is to eliminate mathematical approximation of the model and using existing Simulink simulation tools for simulation and control. Systems were modeled and controller optimization was performed. Simulation results are illustrated at the end, which show the method's versatility and reliability for controlling the mechanism operation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hamel, Joshua
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mechanical engineering, Robotics
Keywords: Matlab, Mobile robot, Novel mechanism design, Optimal control, Simulink
Publication Number: 1527340
ISBN: 978-1-303-76615-2
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