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Assembly Automation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
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Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 50)
Carbon Resources Conversion     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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Case Studies in Thermal Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
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Catalysis Today     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
CEAS Space Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
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Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Central European Journal of Engineering     Hybrid Journal  
Chaos : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
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Assembly Automation
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  • Sensorless localization of a minimally-actuated robotic system for
           automated pallet de-strapping

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      Authors: Nour El-Hoda Khalifeh , Rudy Youssef , Farah Fadel , Roy Khalil , Elie Shammas , Naseem Daher , Imad H. Elhajj , Thomas Irrenhauser , Michael N. Niedermeier , Christian Poss
      Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to detail the design and prototyping of a smart automation solution for de-strapping plastic bonding straps on shipping pallets, which are loaded with multiple containers secured by a top-cover as they move on a conveyor belt. The adopted design methodology to have the system perform its function entails using the least number of sensors and actuators to arrive at an economic solution from a system design viewpoint. Two prototypes of the robotic structure are designed and built, one in a research laboratory and another in an industrial plant, to perform localized cutting and grabbing of the plastic straps, with the help of a custom-designed passive localizing structure. The proposed structure is engineered to locate the plastic straps using one degree of freedom (DOF) only. An additional strap removal mechanism is designed to collect the straps and prevent them from interfering with the conveyor. The functionality of the system is validated by performing full-process tests on the developed prototypes in a laboratory setting and under real-life operating conditions at BMW Group facilities. Testing showed that the proposed localization system meets the specified requirements and can be generalized and adapted to other industrial processes with similar requirements. The proposed automated system for de-strapping pallets can be deployed in assembly or manufacturing facilities that receive parts in standard shipping pallets that are used worldwide. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first mechanically smart system that is used for the automated removal of straps from shipping pallets used in assembly facilities. The two main novelties of the proposed design are the robustness of the strap localization without the need for computer vision and a large number of DOF, and the critical placement and choice of the cutting and gripping tools to minimize the number of needed actuators.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-10-18
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-04-2021-0039
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2021)
       
  • Distributed robust H adaptive fault-tolerant control of amorphous and flat
           air-to-ground wireless self-organizing network system

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      Authors: Zhifang Wang , Jianguo Yu , Shangjing Lin , Junguo Dong , Zheng Yu
      Abstract: The paper takes the air-ground integrated wireless ad hoc network-integrated system as the research object, this paper aims to propose a distributed robust H∞ adaptive fault-tolerant control algorithm suitable for the system to distribute to solve the problem of control and communication failure at the same time. In the paper, the authors propose a distributed robust H∞ adaptive fault-tolerant control algorithm suitable for the air-ground integrated wireless ad hoc network-integrated system. The results show that the integrated system has good robustness and fault tolerance performance indicators for flight control and wireless signal transmission when confronted with external disturbances, internal actuator failures and wireless network associated failures and the flight control curve of the quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is generally smooth and stable, even if it encounters external disturbances and actuator failures, its fault tolerance performance is very good. Then in the range of 400–800 m wireless communication distance, the success rate of wireless signal loop transmission is stable at 80%–100% and the performance is at least relatively improved by 158.823%. This paper takes the air-ground integrated wireless ad hoc network-integrated system as the research object, based on the robust fault-tolerant control algorithm, the authors propose a distributed robust H∞ adaptive fault-tolerant control algorithm suitable for the system and through the Riccati equation and linear matrix inequation method, the designed distributed robust H∞ adaptive fault-tolerant controller further optimizes the fault suppression factor γ, so as to break through the limitation of only one Lyapunov matrix for different fault modes to distribute to solve the problem of control and communication failure at the same time.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-10-13
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-04-2021-0041
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2021)
       
  • Torque vectoring control system for distributed drive electric bus under
           complicated driving conditions

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      Authors: Liang Su , Zhenpo Wang , Chao Chen
      Abstract: The purpose of this study is to propose a torque vectoring control system for improving the handling stability of distributed drive electric buses under complicated driving conditions. Energy crisis and environment pollution are two key pressing issues faced by mankind. Pure electric buses are recognized as the effective method to solve the problems. Distributed drive electric buses (DDEBs) as an emerging mode of pure electric buses are attracting intense research interests around the world. Compared with the central driven electric buses, DDEB is able to control the driving and braking torque of each wheel individually and accurately to significantly enhance the handling stability. Therefore, the torque vectoring control (TVC) system is proposed to allocate the driving torque among four wheels reasonably to improve the handling stability of DDEBs. The proposed TVC system is designed based on hierarchical control. The upper layer is direct yaw moment controller based on feedforward and feedback control. The feedforward control algorithm is designed to calculate the desired steady-state yaw moment based on the steering wheel angle and the longitudinal velocity. The feedback control is anti-windup sliding mode control algorithm, which takes the errors between actual and reference yaw rate as the control variables. The lower layer is torque allocation controller, including economical torque allocation control algorithm and optimal torque allocation control algorithm. The steady static circular test has been carried out to demonstrate the effectiveness and control effort of the proposed TVC system. Compared with the field experiment results of tested bus with TVC system and without TVC system, the slip angle of tested bus with TVC system is much less than without TVC. And the actual yaw rate of tested bus with TVC system is able to track the reference yaw rate completely. The experiment results demonstrate that the TVC system has a remarkable performance in the real practice and improve the handling stability effectively. In view of the large load transfer, the strong coupling characteristics of tire , the suspension and the steering system during coach corning, the vehicle reference steering characteristics is defined considering vehicle nonlinear characteristics and the feedforward term of torque vectoring control at different steering angles and speeds is designed. Meanwhile, in order to improve the robustness of controller, an anti-integral saturation sliding mode variable structure control algorithm is proposed as the feedback term of torque vectoring control.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-10-13
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-12-2020-0194
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2021)
       
  • Map-less long-term localization in complex industrial environments

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      Authors: Zhe Liu , Zhijian Qiao , Chuanzhe Suo , Yingtian Liu , Kefan Jin
      Abstract: This paper aims to study the localization problem for autonomous industrial vehicles in the complex industrial environments. Aiming for practical applications, the pursuit is to build a map-less localization system which can be used in the presence of dynamic obstacles, short-term and long-term environment changes. The proposed system contains four main modules, including long-term place graph updating, global localization and re-localization, location tracking and pose registration. The first two modules fully exploit the deep-learning based three-dimensional point cloud learning techniques to achieve the map-less global localization task in large-scale environment. The location tracking module implements the particle filter framework with a newly designed perception model to track the vehicle location during movements. Finally, the pose registration module uses visual information to exclude the influence of dynamic obstacles and short-term changes and further introduces point cloud registration network to estimate the accurate vehicle pose. Comprehensive experiments in real industrial environments demonstrate the effectiveness, robustness and practical applicability of the map-less localization approach. This paper provides comprehensive experiments in real industrial environments. The system can be used in the practical automated industrial vehicles for long-term localization tasks. The dynamic objects, short-/long-term environment changes and hardware limitations of industrial vehicles are all considered in the system design. Thus, this work moves a big step toward achieving real implementations of the autonomous localization in practical industrial scenarios.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-10-04
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-06-2021-0088
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2021)
       
  • Planning and optimization of robotic pick-and-place operations in highly
           constrained industrial environments

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      Authors: Bence Tipary , András Kovács , Ferenc Gábor Erdős
      Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to give a comprehensive solution method for the manipulation of parts with complex geometries arriving in bulk into a robotic assembly cell. As bin-picking applications are still not reliable in intricate workcells, first, the problem is transformed to a semi-structured pick-and-place application, then by collecting and organizing the required process planning steps, a methodology is formed to achieve reliable factory applications even in crowded assembly cell environments. The process planning steps are separated into offline precomputation and online planning. The offline phase focuses on preparing the operation and reducing the online computational burdens. During the online phase, the parts laying in a semi-structured arrangement are first recognized and localized based on their stable equilibrium using two-dimensional vision. Then, the picking sequence and corresponding collision-free robot trajectories are planned and optimized. The proposed method was evaluated in a geometrically complex experimental workcell, where it ensured precise, collision-free operation. Moreover, the applied planning processes could significantly reduce the execution time compared to heuristic approaches. The methodology can be further generalized by considering multiple part types and grasping modes. Additionally, the automation of grasp planning and the enhancement of part localization, sequence planning and path smoothing with more advanced solutions are further research directions. The paper proposes a novel methodology that combines geometrical computations, image processing and combinatorial optimization, adapted to the requirements of flexible pick-and-place applications. The methodology covers each required planning step to reach reliable and more efficient operation.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-09-13
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-07-2020-0099
      Issue No: Vol. 41 , No. 5 (2021)
       
  • Point set registration for assembly feature pose estimation using
           simulated annealing nested Gauss-Newton optimization

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      Authors: Kunyong Chen , Yong Zhao , Jiaxiang Wang , Hongwen Xing , Zhengjian Dong
      Abstract: This paper aims to propose a fast and robust 3D point set registration method for pose estimation of assembly features with few distinctive local features in the manufacturing process. The distance between the two 3D objects is analytically approximated by the implicit representation of the target model. Specifically, the implicit B-spline surface is adopted as an interface to derive the distance metric. With the distance metric, the point set registration problem is formulated into an unconstrained nonlinear least-squares optimization problem. Simulated annealing nested Gauss-Newton method is designed to solve the non-convex problem. This integration of gradient-based optimization and heuristic searching strategy guarantees both global robustness and sufficient efficiency. The proposed method improves the registration efficiency while maintaining high accuracy compared with several commonly used approaches. Convergence can be guaranteed even with critical initial poses or in partial overlapping conditions. The multiple flanges pose estimation experiment validates the effectiveness of the proposed method in real-world applications. The proposed registration method is much more efficient because no feature estimation or point-wise correspondences update are performed. At each iteration of the Gauss–Newton optimization, the poses are updated in a singularity-free format without taking the derivatives of a bunch of scalar trigonometric functions. The advantage of the simulated annealing searching strategy is combined to improve global robustness. The implementation is relatively straightforward, which can be easily integrated to realize automatic pose estimation to guide the assembly process.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-09-10
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-09-2020-0130
      Issue No: Vol. 41 , No. 5 (2021)
       
  • Tool workspace consideration for assembly plan generation

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      Authors: Akram Bedeoui , Riadh Ben Hadj , Moncef Hammadi , Nizar Aifaoui
      Abstract: During the design of a new product, the generation of assembly sequences plans (ASPs) has become one of the most important problems taken into account by researchers. In fact, a good mounting order allows the time decrease of the assembly process which leads to the reduction of production costs. In this context, researchers developed several methods to generate and optimize ASP based on various criteria. Although this paper aims to improve the quality of ASP it is necessary to increase the number of criteria which must be taken into account when generating ASPs. In this paper, an ASP generation approach, which is based on three main algorithms, is proposed. The first one generates a set of assembly sequences based on stability criteria. The obtained results are treated by the second algorithm which is based on assembly tools (ATs) workspace criterion. An illustrative example is used to explain the different steps of this proposed approach. Moreover, a comparative study is done to highlight its advantages. The proposed algorithm verifies, for each assembly sequence, the minimal required workspace of used AT and eliminates the ASPs non-respecting this criterion. Finally, the remaining assembly sequences are treated by the third algorithm to reduce the AT change during the mounting operation. The proposed approach introduces the concept of AT workspace to simulate and select ASPs that respect this criterion. The dynamic interference process allows the eventual collision detection between tool and component and avoids it. The proposed approach reduces the AT change during the mounting operations.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-09-06
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-05-2020-0063
      Issue No: Vol. 41 , No. 5 (2021)
       
  • Velocity-free distributed geometric formation control for underactuated
           UAVs

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      Authors: Yanjie Chen , Weiwei Zhan , Yibin Huang , Zhiqiang Miao , Yaonan Wang
      Abstract: This paper aims to investigate the distributed formation control problem for a multi-quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicle system without linear velocity feedbacks. A nonlinear controller is proposed based on the orthogonal group SE(3) to obviate singularities and ambiguities of the traditional parameterized attitude representations. A cascade structure is applied in the distributed controller design. The inner loop is responsible for attitude control, and the outer loop is responsible for translational dynamics. To ensure a linear-velocity-free characteristic, some auxiliary variables are introduced to construct virtual signals in distributed controller design. The stability analysis of the proposed distributed control method by the Lyapunov function is provided as well. A group of four quadrotors with constant reference linear velocity and a group of six quadrotors with varying reference linear velocity are adopted to verify the effectiveness of the proposed strategy. This is a new innovation for multi-robot formation control method to improve assembly automation.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-09-03
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-01-2021-0001
      Issue No: Vol. 41 , No. 5 (2021)
       
  • Multi-source information fusion based on factor graph in autonomous
           underwater vehicles navigation systems

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      Authors: Xiaoshuang Ma , Xixiang Liu , Chen-Long Li , Shuangliang Che
      Abstract: This paper aims to present a multi-source information fusion algorithm based on factor graph for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) navigation and positioning to address the asynchronous and heterogeneous problem of multiple sensors. The factor graph is formulated by joint probability distribution function (pdf) random variables. All available measurements are processed into an optimal navigation solution by the message passing algorithm in the factor graph model. To further aid high-rate navigation solutions, the equivalent inertial measurement unit (IMU) factor is introduced to replace several consecutive IMU measurements in the factor graph model. The proposed factor graph was demonstrated both in a simulated and vehicle environment using IMU, Doppler Velocity Log, terrain-aided navigation, magnetic compass pilot and depth meter sensors. Simulation results showed that the proposed factor graph processes all available measurements into the considerably improved navigation performance, computational efficiency and complexity compared with the un-simplified factor graph and the federal Kalman filtering methods. Semi-physical experiment results also verified the robustness and effectiveness. The proposed factor graph scheme supported a plug and play capability to easily fuse asynchronous heterogeneous measurements information in AUV navigation systems.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-08-18
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-10-2020-0155
      Issue No: Vol. 41 , No. 5 (2021)
       
  • Disturbance observer-based robust adaptive control for uncertain actuated
           nonlinear systemwith disturbances

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      Authors: Nigar Ahmed , Mou Chen
      Abstract: The aim of this research paper is to design a disturbance observer (DO)-based robust adaptive tracking control of uncertain nonlinear system subject to unknown nonlinear disturbance. To achieve desired control objectives, i.e. nonlinear trajectory tracking and disturbance attenuation, firstly, a control scheme is designed based on the adaptive criteria integrated in sliding mode control (SMC). In the second step, the disturbance estimation criterion is designed followed by patching with the controller obtained in the first step. Following the control development, using the Lyapunov candidate function, the stability criterion is ensured by designing appropriate adaptive gains. In this paper, a robust adaptive nonlinear tracking method is presented. The findings includes the design of adaptive gains for the control parameters involved in the robust SMC technique, i.e. adaptive criterion is designed for the switching gain as well as for the gain used in sliding mode surface. Furthermore, a disturbance estimation criterion is developed to attenuate nonlinear disturbances with variable frequency and magnitude. Finally, the disturbance estimation scheme is combined with the control technique to obtain DO-based control (DOBC) algorithm. Sliding mode control is a powerful robust control method. And, combining it with the DO achieves the control objectives of plants subject to disturbances and uncertainties. However, usually the uncertainties and disturbances are unknown and time varying. Thus, during practical implementation, designing the standard SMC is a challenging task due to the constant gains involved in the control design. Hence, it is important to have a criterion which adapts to the varying dynamics of plants due to the uncertainties and disturbances for achieving practical implementation of the control system. Sliding mode control has been widely used for achieving the desired control objectives and robustness in the close-loop nonlinear systems. Besides, the SMC technique has been combined with the DOs as well. However, mostly the ideal conditions were considered during these developments, which required the control gains to be designed simply by manual tuning appropriately. However, by considering the real-time dynamics, uncertainties and disturbances, the constant control gain criteria can fail. Furthermore, due to external and internal disturbances, the model plant can vary with time. Thus, it is important to design the adaptive criteria for the control gains in DOBC schemes.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-08-17
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-02-2021-0015
      Issue No: Vol. 41 , No. 5 (2021)
       
  • Research on optimization of assembly line based on product scheduling and
           just-in-time feeding of parts

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      Authors: Hui Zhang , Xiyang Li , Za Kan , Xiaohai Zhang , Zhiyong Li
      Abstract: Reducing production auxiliary time is the key to improve the efficiency of the existing mixed-flow assembly line. This paper proposes a method combining improved genetic algorithm (GA) and Flexsim software. It also investigates mixed-flow assembly line scheduling and just-in-time (JIT) parts feeding scheme to reduce waste in production while taking the existing hill-drop mixed-flow assembly line as an example to verify the effectiveness of the method. In this research, a method is presented to optimize the efficiency of the present assembly line. The multi-objective mathematical model is established based on the objective function of the minimum production cycle and part consumption balance, and the solution model is developed using multi-objective GA to obtain the mixed flow scheduling scheme of the hill-drop planter. Furthermore, modeling and simulation with Flexsim software are investigated along with the contents of line inventory, parts transportation means, daily feeding times and time points. Theoretical analysis and simulation experiments are carried out in this paper while taking an example of a hill-drop planter mixed-flow assembly line. The results indicate that the method can effectively reduce the idle and overload of the assembly line, use the transportation resources rationally and decrease the accumulation of the line inventory. The method of combining improved GA and Flexsim software was used here for the first time intuitively and efficiently to study the balance of existing production lines and JIT feeding of parts. Investigating the production scheduling scheme provides a reference for the enterprise production line accompanied by the quantity allocation of transportation tools, the inventory consumption of the spare parts along the line and the utilization rate of each station to reduce the auxiliary time and apply practically.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-08-16
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-12-2020-0196
      Issue No: Vol. 41 , No. 5 (2021)
       
  • Online time-optimal path and trajectory planning for robotic multipoint
           assembly

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      Authors: Yi Liu , Meng Joo Er , Chen Guo
      Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to propose an efficient path and trajectory planning method to solve online robotic multipoint assembly. A path planning algorithm called policy memorized adaptive dynamic programming (PM-ADP) combines with a trajectory planning algorithm called adaptive elite genetic algorithm (AEGA) for online time-optimal path and trajectory planning. Experimental results and comparative study show that the PM-ADP is more efficient and accurate than traditional algorithms in a smaller assembly task. Under the shortest assembly path, AEGA is used to plan the time-optimal trajectories of the robot and be more efficient than GA. The proposed method builds a new online and efficient path planning arithmetic to cope with the uncertain and dynamic nature of the multipoint assembly path in the Cartesian space. Moreover, the optimized trajectories of the joints can make the movement of the robot continuously and efficiently. The proposed method is a combination of time-optimal path planning with trajectory planning. The traveling salesman problem model of assembly path is established to transfer the assembly process into a Markov decision process (MDP). A new dynamic programming (DP) algorithm, termed PM-ADP, which combines the memorized policy and adaptivity, is developed to optimize the shortest assembly path. GA is improved, termed AEGA, which is used for online time-optimal trajectory planning in joints space.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-08-09
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-03-2021-0029
      Issue No: Vol. 41 , No. 5 (2021)
       
  • Minimizing deviations of car sequencing in a JIT production painting line

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      Authors: Berrin Denizhan , Salih Özçelik , Tuğba Havuç
      Abstract: The first in first out (FIFO) rule is an indispensable rule in the automotive industry. However, during production, the order of coming to welding operation and exiting through the painting operation is broken. Consequently, the rule of FIFO also gets broken. The purpose of this paper is to eliminate the deviations of the automotive painting process in a just in time (JIT) environment. The paper has been solved using observations and expert’s opinions and recorded data in the real problem area. Bypass technique and express line have been used as a real problem for the minimization of these deviations. The current process and the bypass process have been compared with simulation optimization. This paper provides analytical insights about how to prevent delays during the JIT production painting process. Delays have been prevented by using the bypass technique and express line together. The number of delays reduced with an improvement of 129. The ratio of effect (for four months) has been founded to be 0.12. The output rate has been increased from 80% to 89%. This paper focused on the number of vehicles in the cooling area of the painting process in the study; there may occur bottleneck processes or products. It does not contain station-based bottleneck processes. From the real-case problem, one will see that the bypass technique and the express line can be applied and generalized to many similar problems and help companies conduct their assembly lines more efficiently. This paper is the only example that has been used to bypass technique and express line together on the paint/cooling process in a JIT production system.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-08-03
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-12-2019-0218
      Issue No: Vol. 41 , No. 5 (2021)
       
  • Disturbance rejection control of airborne radar stabilized platform based
           on active disturbance rejection control inverse estimation algorithm

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      Authors: Dong Mei , Zhu-Qing Yu
      Abstract: This paper aims to study a disturbance rejection controller to improve the anti-interference capability and the position tracking performance of airborne radar stabilized platform that ensures the stability and clarity of synthetic aperture radar imaging. This study proposes a disturbance rejection control scheme for an airborne radar stabilized platform based on the active disturbance rejection control (ADRC) inverse estimation algorithm. Exploiting the extended state observer (ESO) characteristic, an inversely ESO is developed to inverse estimate the unmodeled state and extended state of the platform system known as total disturbances, which greatly improves the estimation performance of the disturbance. Then, based on the inverse ESO result, feedback the difference between the output of the tracking differentiator and the inverse ESO result to the nonlinear state error feedback controller (NLSEF) to eliminate the effects of total disturbance and ensure the stability of the airborne radar stabilized platform. Simulation experiments are adopted to compare the performance of the ADRC inverse estimation algorithm with that of the proportional integral derivative controller which is one of the mostly applied control schemes in platform systems. In addition, classical ADRC is compared as well. The results have shown that the ADRC inverse estimation algorithm has a better disturbance rejection performance when disturbance acts in airborne radar stabilized platform, especially disturbed by continuous airflow under some harsh air conditions. The originality of this paper is exploiting the ESO characteristic to develop an inverse ESO, which greatly improves the estimation performance of the disturbance. And the ADRC inverse estimation algorithm is applied to ameliorate the anti-interference ability of the airborne radar stabilization platform, especially the ability to suppress continuous interference under complex air conditions.
      Citation: Assembly Automation
      PubDate: 2021-06-17
      DOI: 10.1108/AA-10-2020-0158
      Issue No: Vol. 41 , No. 5 (2021)
       
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