Reliability Based Design Optimization of Robotic System Dynamic Performance 2006-01-0391
In this investigation a robotic system's dynamic performance is optimized for high reliability under uncertainty. The dynamic capability equations allow designers to predict the dynamic performance of a robotic system for a particular configuration (i.e.,point design). While the dynamic capability equations are a powerful tool, they can not account for performance variations due to aleatory uncertainties inherent in the system. To account for the inherent aleatory uncertainties, a reliability-based design optimization (RBDO) strategy is employed to design robotic systems with robust dynamic performance. RBDO has traditionally been implemented as a nested multilevel optimization process in which reliability constraints require solution to an optimization problem (i.e., reliability analysis). In this work a robust unilevel performance measure approach(PMA) is developed for performing reliability-based design optimization which eliminates the lower level problem in RBDO. A robotic test problem is used to illustrate the efficacy of the approach.