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Do links have default inertial values?

asked 2016-03-02 19:47:20 -0500

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My model has two links, connected by a revolute joint. I apply a torque via SetForce() and the second link accelerates relative to the first as one would expect. The model.sdf only provides collision and visual information for the links. Why does the link not have infinite acceleration if I've not specified inertial values? Does Gazebo use some default inertial values if none are specified?

After adding large <inertial><inertia> values to the model.sdf the link accelerates more slowly than before, which sort of adds weight (get it?) to the case that Gazebo has default values for these parameters. If so, do you know what they are and where I can find more information about topics like this?

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answered 2016-03-02 19:57:25 -0500

Yes it does, it's the identity matrix (ixx == iyy == izz == 1). You can see the default values in the SDF source code for example.

You can also see the inertia values for your link during simulation on the left panel under link -> inertial. You can also right-click the model and choose View -> Inertia and you'll see a pink box representing the inertia for each link (see more information on this question)

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