Constructing Universally Rigid Tensegrity Frameworks with Application in Multi-Agent Formation Control

Yang, Q., Cao, M., Fang, H. & Chen, J., 2-Jan-2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. 64, 1, p. 381-388 8 p.

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Rigidity graph theory has found broad applications in engineering, architecture, biology and chemistry, while systematic and computationally tractable construction of rigid frameworks is still a challenging task. In this paper, starting from any given configuration in general positions, we show how to construct a universally rigid tensegrity framework by looking into the kernel of the tensegrity framework’s stress matrix. As one application, we show how to stabilize a formation of mobile agents by assigning a universally rigid virtual tensegrity framework for the formation and then design distributed controllers based on the forces determined by the stresses of the edges. Such formation controllers are
especially useful when one needs to satisfy formation constraints in the form of strict upper or lower bounds on inter-agent distances arising from tethered robots.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-388
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Issue number1
Early online date24-Apr-2018
Publication statusPublished - 2-Jan-2019

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