Key words statics
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Summary The static interaction of a two-member linkage with a given surface is investigated. Dry friction acts at the point of contact of the linkage with the surface. The linkage has two drives generating torques at its joints. The optimal distribution of the joint torques is determined to maximize the friction force at the point of contact. The dependence of this maximal force on the lengths of the links and on the linkage configuration is investigated. The results obtained can be applied to the analysis and optimization of various robotic systems, in particular, manipulators interacting with rough surfaces and walking machines, especially tube-crawling robots.
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