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Virtual vehicle: parcel manipulation and dynamics with a distributed actuator array
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Paper Abstract

A novel materials handling system is being developed at Carnegie Mellon University's Mechanical Engineering Department. This system contains an array of cells, each of which has two actuators. The two actuators are orthogonally oriented motorized roller wheels which, in combination, can generate a vector of motion in any planar direction. This work develops control laws for transporting and manipulating objects which rest on the array. Towards this goal, we consider the dynamics of parcel transport and manipulation. The parcel dynamics are based on an exact discrete representation of the system, unlike other methods where a continuity assumption is made. Two types of contact models are considered. This work extends the previous 1D discrete model into 2D.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 January 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3201, Sensors and Controls for Advanced Manufacturing, (2 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.298009
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Jonathan E. Luntz, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
William C. Messner, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)
Howie M. Choset, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3201:
Sensors and Controls for Advanced Manufacturing
Bartholomew O. Nnaji; Anbo Wang, Editor(s)

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