The Dual Inertia Operator and Its Application to Robot Dynamics

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V. Brodsky, M. Shoham

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000, Israel

J. Mech. Des 116(4), 1089-1095 (Dec 01, 1994) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919491 History: Received January 01, 1993; Revised December 01, 1993; Online June 02, 2008


The principle of transference states that when dual numbers replace real ones all laws of vector algebra, which describe the kinematics of rigid body with one point fixed, are also valid for motor algebra, which describes a free rigid body. No such direct extension exists, however, for dynamics. Rather, the inertia binor is used to obtain the dual momentum, from which the dual equations of motion are derived. This raises the dual dynamic equations to six dimensions, and in fact, does not act on the dual vector as a whole, but on its real and dual parts as two distinct real vectors. Moreover, in order to obtain the dual force as a derivative of the dual momentum in a correct order, real and dual parts have to be artificially interchanged. In this investigation the dual inertia operator, which allows direct relation of dual momentum to dual velocity, is introduced. It gives the mass a dual property which has the inverse sense of Clifford’s dual unit, namely, it reduces a motor to a rotor proportional to the vector part of the former. In a way analogous to the principle of transference, the same equation of momentum and its time derivative, which holds for a linear motion, holds for both linear and angular motion of a rigid body if dual force, dual velocity, and dual inertia replace their real counterparts. It is shown that by systematic application of the dual inertia for derivation of the dual momentum and the dual energy, both Newton-Euler and Lagrange formulations of equations of motion are obtained in a complete three-dimensional dual form. As an example, these formulations are used to derive the inverse dual dynamic equations of a robot manipulator.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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