Locomotion and Control of a Friction-Driven Tripedal Robot

11/14/2020 ∙ by Mark Hermes, et al. ∙ 0

This letter considers control of a radially symmetric tripedal friction-driven robot. The robot features 3 servo motors mounted on a 3-D printed chassis 7 cm from the center of mass and separated 120 degrees. These motors drive limbs, which impart frictional reactive forces on the body. Experimental observations performed on a uniform friction surface validated a mathematical model for robot motion. This model was used to create a gait map, which features instantaneous omni-directional control. We demonstrated line following using live feedback from an overhead tracking camera. Proportional-Integral error compensation performance was compared to a basic position update procedure on a rectangular course. The controller reduced path error by approximately 46%. The error compensator is also able to correct for aerodynamic disturbances generated by a high-volume industrial fan with a mean flow speed of 5.5ms^-1, reducing path error by 65% relative to the basic position update procedure.

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