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Design and simulation of control systems for a field survey mobile robot platform


Shamshiri, Ramin and Wan Ismail, Wan Ishak and Mohd Kassim, Muhamad Saufi (2012) Design and simulation of control systems for a field survey mobile robot platform. In: International Conference on Agricultural and Food Engineering for Life (Cafei2012), 26-28 Nov. 2012, Palm Garden Hotel, Putrajaya. (pp. 706-717).


Agricultural mobile robots involve automatic and accurate control of different moving parts such as wheel speed and steering. The design challenges of a control system in this regard are the response overshoot, shorter settling time and smaller steady state error. Three controllers, including lead-lag compensator, proportional-integral-derivative (PID) and fuzzy logic controller were designed and simulated in this study to control the angular rate of the shaft of a DC motor actuator for a field survey mobile robot that moves between plants rows to perform image acquisition task through a digital camera mounted on a two link arm attached on the robot base. The response of the actuator model for each controller were determined and compared for a sinusoidal and a step input that simulated robot speed and positioning references respectively. Performance analysis showed the effectiveness of the PID and lead-lag compensator response for the wheel steering task, while the fuzzy logic controller design had a better performance in wheel speed control. The output of this analysis was a proved satisfaction of the proposed design criteria which results enhanced mobility of the robot in terms of fast response, speed control accuracy and smooth steering at row-end turnings.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Publisher: Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: PID; Fuzzy logic; Lead-lag compensator; DC motor; Agricultural mobile robot
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2017 06:22
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2017 06:22
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/50712
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