Manipulation of Flexible Sheet Metal by Dual Manipulators

Kazuhiro Kosuge, Hidehiro Yoshida, Toshio Fukuda, Kiyoshi Kanitani, Masaru Sakai

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In this paper, we propose a control algorithm of dual manipulators handling flexible sheet metal; we discuss how to bend sheet metal and how to manipulate it. First we derive the relationship between the static deformation of the sheet metal and the bending moments exerted on the sheet using the Lagrange equation based on its finite-element model. We then design a control algorithm by which the motion of the manipulated sheet is controlled using the resultant force applied to the sheet, and the deformation of the sheet is controlled using the internal force applied to the sheet. Since the rigidity of the deformed sheet is not uniform, that is, the stiffness of the deformed sheet may depend on the direction along which the external force is applied, we cannot use the compliance of the flexible sheet for tasks involving interactions between the sheet and its environment. The proposed control algorithm is designed so that the apparent impedance of the manipulated sheet metal is specified. The experimental results using industrial robots illustrate the validity of the proposed control system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4365-4371
Number of pages7
Journaltransactions of the japan society of mechanical engineers series c
Issue number591
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Deformation
  • Finite Element-Method
  • Flexible Sheet Metal
  • Manipulator
  • Robot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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