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SAGE Publications, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, p. 1045389X2110639, 2021

DOI: 10.1177/1045389x211063947



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Design and control of 2-DoF joystick using MR-fluid rotary actuator

Journal article published in 2021 by Bao Tri Diep, Quoc Hung Nguyen, Thanh Danh Le
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The purpose of this paper is to design a control algorithm for a 2-DoF rotary joystick model. Firstly, the structure of the joystick, which composes of two magneto-rheological fluid actuators (shorten MRFA) with optimal configuration coupled perpendicularly by the gimbal mechanism to generate the friction torque for each independent rotary movement, is introduced. The control strategy of the designed joystick is then suggested. Really, because of two independent rotary movements, it is necessary to design two corresponding controllers. Due to hysteresis and nonlinear dynamic characteristics of the MRFA, controllers based an accurate dynamic model are difficult to realize. Hence, to release this issue, the proposed controller (named self-turning fuzzy controllers-STFC) will be built through the fuzzy logic algorithm in which the parameters of controllers are learned and trained online by Levenberg-Marquardt training algorithm. Finally, an experimental apparatus will be constructed to assess the effectiveness of the force feedback controls. Herein, three experimental cases are performed to compare the control performance of open-loop and close-loop control method, where the former is done through relationship between the force at the knob and the current supplied to coil while the latter is realized based on the proposed controller and PID controller. The experimental results provide strongly the ability of the proposed controller, meaning that the STFC is robust and tracks well the desirable force with high accuracy compared with both the PID controller and the open-loop control method.

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