The coupled dynamic response of two cooperating robots handling two flexible payloads for the purpose of fixtureless assembly and manufacturing is treated using a new algorithm. In this algorithm, the equations describing the dynamics of the system are obtained using Lagrange’s method for the rigid robot links and the finite element method for the flexible payloads. A new time integration scheme is developed to treat the coupled equations of motion of the rigid links for a given displacement of the flexible payloads. The finite element equations of the flexible payloads are then treated using an implicit approach. The new algorithm was verified using simplified examples and was later used to examine the dynamic response of two cooperating robot arms manipulating flexible payloads which are typical of the automotive industry.

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