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Using SDF tags in URDF (gazebo extension) directly?

asked 2014-09-20 06:22:18 -0500

Felix gravatar image

This questions is related to the previous thread: urdf-to-sdf-conversion [1].

Now, I'm reporting my observations when trying to use SDF tags from sdf1.4 in the URDF directly.

As mentioned in [1], it should be possible to use SDF within the gazebo tags referencing a link or joint within the URDF directly.

SDF tags for links

For setting most of the SDF tags relevant for links, URDF does not need the gazebo extensions, i.e. pose, ├Čnertial, visual and collision related tags are correctly set up using urdf-xml-link.

  1. gravity and self_collide
    It's the same result as mentioned in this issue

  2. kinematic
    It is converted to sdf. But seems to have no effect according to this thread

  3. velocity_decay
    The following can be used to set velocity_decay of a link.
    With this, it's possible to set different values for linear and angular (in contrast to using the gazebo tag dampingFactor).

    <gazebo reference="${name}_base_link">

SDF tags for joints

Similar to the above mentioned, tags that can correctly be set up using urdf-xml-joint are not considered here.

  1. damping and friction (dynamics)
    damping of an axis can only be set using the URDF tag dynmaics -> damping.
    All the following variants are not converted into the SDF file:

    <gazebo reference="${name}_1_joint">

    friction cannot be set from anywhere as it is currently (not yet) supported (see PullRequest)

  2. physics for ode (ode)
    Both following variants are not converted into the SDF file:

    <gazebo reference="${name}_1_joint">

Thus, it seems that using SDF tags directly within a URDF file is not supported - at least the way I tried to use them. In case I used them in the wrong way, please let me know! I'd be happy to test again then...

The only tags that are converted into the SDF file are gravity, self_collide (however, not considered due to issue), kinematic (however, see thread) and velocity_decay.

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For the friction and damping there is something in URDF, explained here http://wiki.ros.org/urdf/Tutorials/Adding%20Physical%20and%20Collision%20Properties%20to%20a%20URDF%20Model but it doesn't seem to affect my links as they keep sliding.

mehdi gravatar imagemehdi ( 2015-06-17 04:45:49 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-09-22 05:43:30 -0500

Franzisdrak gravatar image

updated 2016-09-22 05:44:38 -0500

Hi there,

i know this feed is a little outdated but i currently have issues when trying to go from xacro->urdf->sdf into gazebo. I have a fairly complex setup and need to change friction of models in my simulation.

Currently in my xacro i set up a wheel like this:

>   <link name="wheel_f_l">
>     <collision name="collision">
>       <geometry>
>         <cylinder radius="${wheel_radius}"
>              length="${wheel_length}"/>
>       </geometry>
>     </collision>
>     <visual name="visual">
>       <geometry>
>         <cylinder radius="${wheel_radius}"
>           length="${wheel_length}"/>
>       </geometry>
>     </visual>
>     <xacro:solid_cylinder_inertial
>       radius="${wheel_radius}" height="${wheel_length}"
>       mass="${wheel_mass}" gcx="${0}" gcy="${0}" gcz="${0}"/>   
>     </link>

I then create a reference like this:

<gazebo reference="wheel_r_l">

but for some reason my parameters dont survive the conversion to sdf via. gz sdf -p test.urdf > test.sdf.

I should mention i am using ODE and want to create a "realistic" wheel.

Help would very much be appreciated!

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answered 2015-06-17 05:00:46 -0500

mehdi gravatar image

Considering the friction, this works for me :

  <gazebo reference="link2">

Some examples are explained here

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Are you sure that these values are even set? Even with ROS kinetic and gazebo 7.8 there is now chance. Check it with `gz model -m <your model="" name=""> -i`!

tik0 gravatar imagetik0 ( 2017-06-20 20:59:56 -0500 )edit
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