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Design and Experimental Validation of a 3-DOF Force Feedback System Featuring Spherical Manipulator and Magnetorheological Actuators

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Faculty of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, HCMC University of Technology and Education, Ho Chi Minh City 71307, Vietnam
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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City 71408, Vietnam
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Faculty of Engineering, Vietnamese-German University, Binh Duong Province 75114, Vietnam
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This paper is an extended version of the conference paper “Development of 3-DOF Force Feedback System Using Spherical Arm Mechanism and MR Brakes”. In Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Materials, 16-18 February, 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Actuators 2020, 9(1), 19; https://doi.org/10.3390/act9010019
Received: 12 January 2020 / Revised: 29 February 2020 / Accepted: 11 March 2020 / Published: 13 March 2020
This research focuses on the development of a new 3-DOF (Degree of Freedom) force feedback system featuring a spherical arm mechanism and three magnetorheological (MR) brakes, namely two rotary MR brakes and one linear MR brake. The first rotary MR brake is integrated in the waist joint to reflect the horizontal tangent force, the other rotary MR brake is integrated in the shoulder joint to reflect the elevation tangent force, while the linear MR brake is integrated in the sliding joint of the arm to reflect the radial force (approach force). The proposed configuration can reflect a desired force to the operator at the end-effectors of the arm independently in 3 DOFs by controlling the current applied to the coils of the MR brakes. After the introduction, the configuration of the proposed force feedback system is presented. Afterward, the design and conducted simulation of the MR brakes for the systems are provided. The prototype of the force feedback system, which was manufactured for the experiment, is then presented as well as some of the obtained experimental results. Finally, the proposed control system is presented and its implementation to provide a desired feedback force to the operator is provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: MR fluid; spherical manipulator; force feedback system; rotary MR brake; linear MR brake MR fluid; spherical manipulator; force feedback system; rotary MR brake; linear MR brake
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Diep, B.T.; Nguyen, N.D.; Tran, T.T.; Nguyen, Q.H. Design and Experimental Validation of a 3-DOF Force Feedback System Featuring Spherical Manipulator and Magnetorheological Actuators. Actuators 2020, 9, 19.

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