Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a serial redundant manipulator system applied in nuclear fusion environment. It will allow remote inspection and maintenance of plasma facing components in the vacuum vessel of fusion device without breaking down the ultra-high vacuum condition during physical experiments.
Design/methodology/approach – Firstly, considering the dynamic sealing of actuators to avoid polluting the vacuum condition inside fusion reactor, the mechanical design of robot system has been introduced. The redundant manipulator system has 11 degree of freedoms in total with an identical modular design. Besides, to improve the position accuracy, an error prediction model has been built based on the experimental study and back-propagation neural network (BPNN) algorithm.
Findings – Currently, the implementation of the manipulator system has been successfully finished in both atmosphere and vacuum condition. The validation of BPNN model shown an acceptable prediction accuracy (94%~98%) compared with the real measurement.
Originality/value – This is a special robot system which is practically used in a nuclear fusion device in China. Its design, mechanism and error prediction strategy have great reference values to the similar robots in vacuum and temperature applications.
史善爽.(2017).Mechanical design and error prediction of a flexible manipulator system applied in nuclear fusion environment.[ChinaXiv:201710.00095] (Click&Copy)