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Why does my robot shake / wobble?

asked 2017-07-12 04:16:05 -0500

Panda1638 gravatar image

Dear Gazebo community,

I am having a problem with the simulation of a ABB IRB2400 robot in Gazebo. After sending a command to a controller of any link the robot model starts to misbehave.

I took the IRB2400 model from here: https://github.com/culletom/abb_dev/t...

When I use the EffortJointInterface with a controller for every joint the model starts spinning out of control as shown.

gif of misbehaving robot

Since I wanted to use MoveIt! I changed the EffortJointInterface to PositionJointInterface and the controller to a JointTrajectoryController. Sending a command now makes the model shake a little bit (shown in the following gif). I don't know where this comes from. Is this the fault of the controllers or is the model decription incorrect? Or is this even a problem with gazebo?

gif of misbehaving robot

Turning the gravity on lets the models shake right from the beginning. I guess that the problem is the controller. Is there a way to manipulate the way the position controller works? If i understood correctly you can't set PID parameters for a position controller. I tried to give PID parameters anyways but that don't seem to have any effect.

I am using Ubuntu 14.04, Gazebo 2.2 and ROS Indigo. Any ideas or hints are much appreciated.

My Controller YAML:

    # Publish all joint states -----------------------------------
  type: joint_state_controller/JointStateController
  publish_rate: 50  

# Controlls the given joints 
  type: position_controllers/JointTrajectoryController
     - joint_1
     - joint_2
     - joint_3
     - joint_4
     - joint_5
     - joint_6
     goal_time: 0.6
     stopped_velocity_tolerance: 0.05
     joint_1: {trajectory: 0.1, goal: 0.1}
     joint_2: {trajectory: 0.1, goal: 0.1}
     joint_3: {trajectory: 0.1, goal: 0.1}
     joint_4: {trajectory: 0.1, goal: 0.1}
     joint_5: {trajectory: 0.1, goal: 0.1}
     joint_6: {trajectory: 0.1, goal: 0.1}
  gains: # Required because we're controlling an effort interface
     joint_1: {p: 1000,  d: 0, i: 0, i_clamp: 1}
     joint_2: {p: 1000,  d: 0, i: 0, i_clamp: 1}
     joint_3: {p: 1000,  d: 0, i: 0, i_clamp: 1}
     joint_4: {p: 1000,  d: 0, i: 0, i_clamp: 1}
     joint_5: {p: 1000,  d: 0, i: 0, i_clamp: 1}
     joint_6: {p: 1000,  d: 0, i: 0, i_clamp: 1}
  stop_trajectory_duration: 0.5
  state_publish_rate:  25
  action_monitor_rate: 10


<!-- =================================================================================== -->
<!-- |    This document was autogenerated by xacro from /home/richard/catkin_ws/src/abb_dev/abb_irb2400_gazebo/urdf/irb2400.xacro | -->
<!-- |    EDITING THIS FILE BY HAND IS NOT RECOMMENDED                                 | -->
<!-- =================================================================================== -->
<robot name="abb_irb2400" xmlns:xacro="http://www.ros.org/wiki/xacro">
  <!--  <gazebo>
    </gazebo> -->
  <!-- ros_control plugin -->
    <plugin filename="libgazebo_ros_control.so" name="gazebo_ros_control">
      <!-- <robotNamespace>/abb_irb2400</robotNamespace> -->
  <gazebo reference="base_link">
    <!-- org: true -->
  <gazebo reference="link_1">
    <!-- org: 0.2 -->
    <!-- org: 0.2 -->
  <gazebo reference="link_2">
  <gazebo reference="link_3">
  <gazebo reference="link_4">
    <material ...
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answered 2017-07-12 10:14:29 -0500

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Shaking can be caused by bad model parameters (joint constraints, damping, etc), bad physics parameters (large step size for example), bad controllers (high torque values for example), or combinations of the three.

I would recommend narrowing down the possibilities. For example, you can disable controllers an check your model parameters.

I also recommend switching to gazebo 7 or gazebo 8. Gazebo 2.2 is very old, and many issues in Gazebo have been resolved since its release.

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Thanks for your answer. Also i came across a solution yesterday. The shaking stopped after lowering the mass of the links to a unrealistic small number (to one). I tried everything else in advance. The way the robot shaked made me think it was unintentional behavior. Is there a way i can tune the position controllers inside of gazebo so i can work with realistic mass values? I will try the effort controllers now and see if the robot will not be totally messed up.

Panda1638 gravatar imagePanda1638 ( 2017-07-13 02:18:23 -0500 )edit
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