Near-minimum-time control of a flexible manipulator Academic Article uri icon


  • Near-minimum-time control of flexible manipulators can be accomplished by designing a controller that tracks a reference maneuver. The control method presented here uses a near-minimum-time rigid-link reference maneuver to generate reference control torques and a Liapunov controller to make the flexible manipulator track the reference maneuver while reducing and eventually eliminating flexible motions. The near-minimumtime reference maneuver uses a smoothed bang-bang control plus a term to cancel the nonlinear dynamics of the rigid manipulator. The Liapunov function is a weighted sum of the energies of the elements of the flexible manipulator, and the control law is chosen to make the rate of change of the Liapunov function negative. The Liapunov function is bounded during a maneuver and decays asymptotically after the maneuver ends. © 1991 by Norman K. Hecht. © The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.

author list (cited authors)

  • Hecht, N. K., & Junkins, J. L.

citation count

  • 16

publication date

  • March 1992