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Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences

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MENDES, M. F.; KRAUS JR., W.  and  PIERI, E. R. de. Variable structure position control of an industrial robotic manipulator. J. Braz. Soc. Mech. Sci. [online]. 2002, vol.24, n.3, pp. 169-176. ISSN 0100-7386.

The use of a robust position controller for a robotic manipulator moving in free space is presented. The aim is to implement in practice a controller that is robust to uncertainties in the model of the system, as well as being inexpensive from a computational point of view. Variable structure theory provides the technique for the design of such controller. The design steps are presented, first from a theoretical perspective and then applied to the control of a two degree-of-freedom manipulator. Simulation results that backed the implementation are presented, followed by the experiments conducted and the results that were obtained. The conclusion is that variable structure control is readily applicable to industrial robots for the robust control of positions.

Keywords : Robotic manipulators; position control; variable structure control.

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