Robust control of a parallel-kinematic nanopositioner

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This paper presents the design, model identification, and control of a parallel-kinematic XYZ nanopositioning stage for general nanomanipulation and nanomanufacturing applications. The stage has a low degree-of-freedom monolithic parallel-kinematic mechanism featuring single-axis flexure hinges. The stage is driven by piezoelectric actuators, and its displacement is detected by capacitance gauges. The control loop is closed at the end effector instead of at each joint, so as to avoid calibration difficulties and guarantee high positioning accuracy. This design has strongly coupled dynamics with each actuator input producing in multiaxis motions. The nanopositioner is modeled as a multiple input and multiple output (MIMO) system, where the control design forms an important constituent in view of the strongly coupled dynamics. The dynamics that model the MIMO plant is identified by frequency domain and time-domain identification methods. The control design based on modern robust control theory that gives a high bandwidth closed loop nanopositioning system, which is robust to physical model uncertainties arising from flexure-based mechanisms, is presented. The bandwidth, resolution, and repeatability are characterized experimentally, which demonstrate the effectiveness of the robust control approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410071-4100715
Number of pages3690645
JournalJournal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Instrumentation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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