Robot Force Control

  • Bruno Siciliano
  • Luigi Villani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Bruno Siciliano, Luigi Villani
    Pages 1-6
  3. Bruno Siciliano, Luigi Villani
    Pages 7-29
  4. Bruno Siciliano, Luigi Villani
    Pages 31-64
  5. Bruno Siciliano, Luigi Villani
    Pages 65-87
  6. Bruno Siciliano, Luigi Villani
    Pages 89-112
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 113-146

About this book


One of the fundamental requirements for the success of a robot task is the capability to handle interaction between manipulator and environment. The quantity that describes the state of interaction more effectively is the contact force at the manipulator's end effector. High values of contact force are generally undesirable since they may stress both the manipulator and the manipulated object; hence the need to seek for effective force control strategies. The book provides a theoretical and experimental treatment of robot interaction control. In the framework of model-based operational space control, stiffness control and impedance control are presented as the basic strategies for indirect force control; a key feature is the coverage of six-degree-of-freedom interaction tasks and manipulator kinematic redundancy. Then, direct force control strategies are presented which are obtained from motion control schemes suitably modified by the closure of an outer force regulation feedback loop. Finally, advanced force and position control strategies are presented which include passivity-based, adaptive and output feedback control schemes. Remarkably, all control schemes are experimentally tested on a setup consisting of a seven-joint industrial robot with open control architecture and force/torque sensor.
The topic of robot force control is not treated in depth in robotics textbooks, in spite of its crucial importance for practical manipulation tasks. In the few books addressing this topic, the material is often limited to single-degree-of-freedom tasks. On the other hand, several results are available in the robotics literature but no dedicated monograph exists. The book is thus aimed at filling this gap by providing a theoretical and experimental treatment of robot force control.


Sensor Tracking architecture industrial robot kinematics modeling reading robot robotics

Authors and affiliations

  • Bruno Siciliano
    • 1
  • Luigi Villani
    • 1
  1. 1.PRISMA Lab Dipartmento di informatica e SistemisticaUniversità degli Studi di Napoli Federico IINapoliItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6995-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4431-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0893-3405
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