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"Design and Analysis of Force-sensor-less Power Assist Control,"
Year of publication
S. Oh, K. KONG, and Y. Hori
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics


Due to the recent trend of the application of robots and other mechatronic devices to human life support, the force control draws more attention than ever. However, to use force sensors in all the required cases makes the system not only expensive but also bulky. Force-sensor-less power-assist control (FSPAC) which uses only encoders to obtain the external force information and provides force control performance can address this problem. Due to its simplicity and wide application, FSPAC is an essential technology to control a motor in a human-friendly way, but the design of FSPAC is different from the conventional feedback controllers so a new design methodology needs to be established. In order to attack this problem, this paper generalizes and analyzes the structure and characteristics of FSPAC. The generalized structure reveals how FSPAC can achieve the assistance, and the transfer function analysis based on the structure addresses the robustness and assistance performance evaluation problems. The robustness of FSPAC is analyzed in terms of the gain margin and robust stability, and the limitation of the power assistance to guarantee the robust stability is derived. Then, the evaluation way of feedback control design in FSPAC is provided. All the discussion in this paper provides the readers with understanding and appropriate design methodology of FSPAC. 

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