Robot base slowly drifting

asked 2016-03-30 04:33:49 -0500

mehdi gravatar image

After spawning my robot and without sending any Twist commands, I noticed that it slowly drifts. I checked the /gazebo/model_states topic and noticed that the twist of my base is not zero

  x: 0.000147341651406
  y: 1.44766752077e-05
  z: 9.3220339335e-09
  x: 7.15641334542e-09
  y: 1.36163145416e-08
  z: 0.000712493893403

Those are small values but integrated over a long time tend to make my robot change position. This is a big problem because I am working with laser scans and doing line detection iterated many times, which leads to line coefficients changing a lot in few seconds. I tried changing the friction of the wheels but it doesn't seem to help. How can I force the robot to stand still?

I am using a differential drive defined as follows:

    type        : "diff_drive_controller/DiffDriveController"
    left_wheel  : 'toru2_left_axle'
    right_wheel : 'toru2_right_axle'
    publish_rate: 50.0               # default: 50
    pose_covariance_diagonal : [0.0001, 0.000001, 1000000.0,
1000000.0, 1000000.0, 0.0005]
    twist_covariance_diagonal: [0.0001, 0.000001, 1000000.0,
1000000.0, 1000000.0, 0.0005]

    # Wheel separation and diameter. These are both optional.
    # diff_drive_controller will attempt to read either one or both from the
    # URDF if not specified as a parameter
    wheel_separation : 0.512
    wheel_radius : 0.09
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Check if the inertia values are correct, and try playing with those a bit, increasing the mass might help as well.

AndreiHaidu gravatar imageAndreiHaidu ( 2016-03-30 07:00:23 -0500 )edit

I'm having the exact same problem using Gazebo 2.2.3 and ROS Indigo. Even without any control input, the angular z velocity of the robot is even higher than @mehdi. Mine is around 0.002 so the robot slowly rotates in place from the moment Gazebo is fired up. @AndreiHaidu, can you please give us a hint regarding inertia values to try? I've tried a bunch of settings including increasing the mass, and nothing fixes the problem.

Pi Robot gravatar imagePi Robot ( 2017-09-17 08:27:26 -0500 )edit

The same problem is present in my simulation using Gazebo 9.0.0 and ROS Kinetic. Did you ever find a fix?

raequin gravatar imageraequin ( 2018-03-21 13:50:46 -0500 )edit

You could try increasing the iterations of Gazebo (iters parameter). By default it's in 50 and you could set it to 200. The easiest way to do this is using the GUI.

Emiliano Borghi gravatar imageEmiliano Borghi ( 2019-05-28 11:52:31 -0500 )edit

lol that is an ancient question, one solution would be creating dynamic fixed joints between robot base and world when the robot has to stand still, and detach that link when the robot should drive.

mehdi gravatar imagemehdi ( 2019-08-04 13:54:22 -0500 )edit