Active vibration control of a modular robot combining a back-propagation neural network with a genetic algorithm

Yangmin Li, Yugang Liu, Xiaoping Liu

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In this paper, a genetic algorithm based back-propagation neural network suboptimal controller is developed to control the vibration of a nine-degrees-of-freedom modular robot. A finite-element method is used to model the modules of the robot, and the entire system dynamic equation is established using the substructure synthesis method. Then the joint stiffness parameters are identified based on the experimental modal analysis experiment. After modeling the whole structure with the models of the robotic modules and the joint parameters, simulations of the vibration control for the modular robot in several configurations are carried out. It is shown that the control method presented in this paper is effective at suppressing the residual vibrations of the modular robot.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-17
Number of pages15
JournalJVC/Journal of Vibration and Control
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Active vibration control
  • Finite-element analysis
  • Modular robot
  • Neural network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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