In this article, we propose a new control approach for the twisted string actuation system; a hybrid control scheme consisting of two nested loops, considering the motor angle and the axial force at the clamping point of the actuator as the system outputs. We show that measuring the axial force at the base of the actuator, we can effectively estimate and compensate the coupling torque between the motor and the external load. Then, compensation of the coupling torque allows formulating a linear control law to control the angular position of the actuator and, at the same time, implement an external control loop to regulate the force applied by the actuator. Simulated and experimental results validate the proposed original control scheme. Furthermore, we highlight the contributions of this article in the broader context of control of twisted string actuators.
Bibliographical noteFunding Agency: Swiss Innovation Agency, Innosuisse
- Twisted string actuator