Qualitative modelling of kinematic robots for fault diagnosis

H Liu, G M Coghill, H Y Xu

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This study presents an approach, the unit circle (UC), to qualitative representation of robots. A robot is described as a collection of constraints holding among time-varying, interval-valued parameters. The UC representation is presented, and the continuous motion of the end-effector is evaluated by the change of directions of qualitative angle and qualitative length. Analytical formulas of qualitative velocity and qualitative acceleration are derived. The characteristic mapping is introduced for fault detection and diagnosis in terms of the UC. In the end, simulation results demonstrate the feasibility of the UC approach in the domain of robotic fault diagnosis, where a fault is defined as a deviation from expected behavior. The UC representation of robots concerns a global assessment of the systems behaviour, and it might be used for the purpose of monitoring, diagnosis, and explanation of physical systems. This is the first step to fault diagnosis and remediation for Beagle 2 using qualitative methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2277-2290
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • qualitative modeling
  • fault diagnosis
  • robotics


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