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Title: Synthesis of continuous whole-body motion in hexapod robot for humanitarian demining
Author: Khudher, Dhayaa Raissan
ISNI:       0000 0004 7658 6589
Awarding Body: Brunel University London
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2018
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In the context of control, the motion of a legged robot is very challenging compared with traditional fixed manipulator. Recently, many researches have been conducted to control the motion of legged robot with different techniques. On the other hand, manipulation tasks have been addressed in many applications. These researches solved either the mobility or the manipulation problems, but integrating both properties in one system is still not available. In this thesis, a control algorithm is presented to control both locomotion and manipulation in a six legged robot. Landmines detection process is considered as a case study of this project to accelerate the mine detection operation by performing both walking and scanning simultaneously. In order to qualify the robot to perform more tasks in addition to the walking task, the joint redundancy of the robot is exploited optimally. The tasks are arranged according to their importance to high level of priority and low level of priority. A new task priority redundancy resolution technique is developed to overcome the effect of the algorithmic singularities and the kinematic singularity. The computational aspects of the solution are also considered in view of a real-time implementation. Due to the dynamic changes in the size of the robot motion space, the algorithm has the ability to make a trade-off between the number of achieved tasks and the imposed constraints. Furthermore, an appropriate hierarchy is imposed in order to ensure an accurate decoupling between the executed tasks. The dynamic effect of the arm on the overall performance of the robot is attenuated by reducing the optimisation variables. The effectiveness of the method is evaluated on a Computer Aided Design (CAD) model and the simulations of the whole operation are conducted using MATLAB and SimMechanics.
Supervisor: Abbod, M. ; Powell, R. Sponsor: Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Task space control ; Quadratic programming ; Multi task control ; Legged robot ; Inverse dynamic control