Efficient equilibrium testing under adhesion and anisotropy using empirical contact force models

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Conference Paper

© 2017 MIT Press Journals. All rights reserved. A novel method is presented for efficiently testing the stability of an object under contact that accommodates empirically determined sets of admissible forces at contact points. These admissible force volumes may exhibit a wide variety of geometries, including anisotropy, adhesion, and even nonconvexity. The method discretizes the contact region into patches, performs a convex decomposition of a polyhedral approximation to each admissible force volume, and then formulates the problem as a mixed integer linear program. The model can also accommodate articulated robot hands with joint torques, joint frictions, and spring preloads. Predictions of our method are evaluated experimentally in object lifting tasks using a gripper that exploits microspines to exert strongly anisotropic forces.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hauser, K; Wang, S; Cutkosky, M

Published Date

  • January 1, 2017

Published In

  • Robotics: Science and Systems

Volume / Issue

  • 13 /

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2330-765X

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780992374730

Citation Source

  • Scopus