PD-FLC with admittance control for hexapod robot's leg positioning on seabed

Addie Irawan, Md Moktadir Alam, Yee Yin Tan

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This paper presents a proposed Proportional and Derivative (PD)-like Fuzzy Logic Control (FLC) (PD-FLC) on dynamic control for vertical positioning of Hexapod Robot walking on seabed environment. The study has been carried out by modelling the buoyancy force following the restoration force to achieve the drowning level according to Archimedes' principle. The restoration force need to be positive in order to ensure robot locomotion is not affected by buoyancy factor. As a solution to control this force, PD-FLC is used and integrated with admittance control that is based on the total force acting on foot placement by considering Center of Mass (CoM) of the robot during walking period. The integrated control technique is verified on a real-time based 4 degree of freedom (DoF) leg configuration of hexapod robot model. The scope of analysis is focused on walking on the varying stiffness of undersea bottom soil with tripod walking pattern. Moreover, the verification is done on the vertical foot motion of the leg and the body mass coordination movement during walking period. The results show that the proposed PD-FLC admittance control is able to cater the force restoration factor by making the vertical force on each foot sufficiently big (sufficient foot placement) compared to the buoyancy force of the ocean, thus resulting in stable tripod walking on the seabed with uncertain stiffness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 10th Asian Control Conference
Subtitle of host publicationEmerging Control Techniques for a Sustainable World, ASCC 2015
EditorsHazlina Selamat, Hafiz Rashidi Haruna Ramli, Ahmad Athif Mohd Faudzi, Ribhan Zafira Abdul Rahman, Asnor Juraiza Ishak, Azura Che Soh, Siti Anom Ahmad
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479978625
Publication statusPublished - Sept 8 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event10th Asian Control Conference, ASCC 2015 - Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Duration: May 31 2015Jun 3 2015

Publication series

Name2015 10th Asian Control Conference: Emerging Control Techniques for a Sustainable World, ASCC 2015


Other10th Asian Control Conference, ASCC 2015
CityKota Kinabalu


  • CoM-based impedance model
  • foot motion
  • force restoration
  • PD-like FLC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering


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