The design of a physics-based dynamic simulator of a robot requires to properly integrate the robot kinematic and dynamic properties in a virtual environment. Naturally, the closer is the integrated information to the real robot properties, the more accurate the simulator predicts the real robot behaviour. A reliable robot simulator is a valuable asset for developing new research ideas; its use dramatically reduces the costs and it is available to all researchers. This letter presents a dynamic simulator of the da Vinci Research Kit (dVRK) patient-side manipulator (PSM). The kinematic and dynamic properties of the simulator rely on the parameters identified in Wang et al. With respect to the kinematic simulator previously developed by some of the authors, this work: (i) redefines the kinematic architecture and the actuation model by modeling the double parallelogram and the counterweight mechanism, to reflect the structure of the real robot; (ii) integrates the identified dynamic parameters in the simulation model. The obtained simulator enables the design and validation of control strategies relying on the robot dynamic model, including interaction force estimation and control, that are fundamental to guarantee safety in many surgical tasks.
2022, IEEE ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION LETTERS, Pages 129-136 (volume: 8)
A CoppeliaSim Dynamic Simulator for the Da Vinci Research Kit (01a Articolo in rivista)
Ferro Marco, Mirante Alessandro, Ficuciello Fanny, Vendittelli Marilena