Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

First Committee Member

Sahjendra N. Singh

Number of Pages



In this thesis the control and stabilization of a two link flexible robotic arm is considered. The first scheme is based on nonlinear inversion, a nonlinear controller is designed for the trajectory control of the joint angles using joint torquers. The inverse controller includes a servocompensator for robustness. A simplified controller has also been designed neglecting the Coriolis and Centrifugal forces; In the second scheme the control system design is based on nonlinear adaptive control and linear stabilization. First a nonlinear adaptive control law is derived such that in the closed-loop system the joint-angles are precisely controlled to track reference trajectories. A linear stabilizer designed based on a linear model of the arm is switched to accomplish the final capture of the desired state; Simulation results are presented for all cases to show that in the closed-loop system accurate joint angle trajectory tracking and elastic mode stabilization can be accomplished inspite of the uncertainity in the payload. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.) ftn*This research was supported by the U.S. Army Research Office under ARO Grant No. DAAL03-87-G-004.


Adaptive; Arm; Control; Decoupling; Elastic; Link; Robotic; Stabilization

Controlled Subject

Electrical engineering

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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