Non-smooth 3D Modeling of a Snake Robot with External Obstacles

Aksel Andreas Transeth, Remco I. Leine, Christoph Glocker, Kristin Y. Pettersen
2006 2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics  
In this paper we extend a non-smooth 3D mathematical model of a snake robot to also include external obstacles to enable obstacle aided locomotion. The model is based on the framework of non-smooth dynamics and convex analysis. This framework enables us to systematically and easily incorporate unilateral contact forces (from the obstacles and the ground) and isotropic friction forces based on Coulomb's law. The obstacles are shaped as vertical cylinders and we describe the contact between a
more » ... of the snake robot and an obstacle with a single, moving contact point. Hence, the effect of the link touching the obstacle is accurately described. Simulation results for a 11 link snake robot moving by the serpentine motion pattern 'lateral undulation' while pushing against obstacles are given.
doi:10.1109/robio.2006.340097 dblp:conf/robio/TransethLGP06a fatcat:cym3qcwlyjdwjbtte7zt6wjzly