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6 legged robot slips on the ground, not able to move forward, what could be the problem?

asked 2021-12-16 14:05:04 -0500

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I made a 6 legged robot using a fork of this repo:

Here is my fork:

I tried a lot of stuff like setting minDepth, specifying mu1 and mu2 and the friction vector etc but still it slips.

I leave some snippets here, but It might be better to just check the repo.

the leg which touches the ground: <link name="${prefix}_leg_link_3">

  <origin xyz="${leg_width/2 + axel_offset} 0 ${-leg_height/2 + leg_width/2}" rpy="0 0 0"/>
      <box size="${leg_width} ${leg_width} ${leg_height}"/>

  <origin xyz="${leg_width/2 + axel_offset} 0 ${-leg_height/2 + leg_width/2}" rpy="0 0 0"/>
      <box size="${leg_width} ${leg_width} ${leg_height}"/>
  <material name="orange"/>

  <origin xyz="${leg_width/2 + axel_offset} 0 ${-leg_height/2 + leg_width/2}" rpy="0 0 0"/>
  <mass value="${mass}"/>

  ixx="${mass / 12.0 * (leg_width*leg_width + leg_height*leg_height)}" ixy="0.0" ixz="0.0"
  iyy="${mass / 12.0 * (leg_height*leg_height + leg_width*leg_width)}" iyz="0.0"
  izz="${mass / 12.0 * (leg_width*leg_width + leg_width*leg_width)}"/>


Another properties for the leg: <gazebo reference="${prefix}_leg_link_3"> <kp>1000000.0</kp> <kd>100.0</kd> <mu1>10000.0</mu1> <mu2>10000.0</mu2> <fdir1>1 0 0</fdir1> <maxVel>1.0</maxVel> <minDepth>0.0001</minDepth> <material>Gazebo/Orange</material> </gazebo>

To run it just use the launch command used in the also you can find the command to run the program which moves the program here as well.

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answered 2023-07-05 21:01:16 -0500

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I met the same problem, no matter how I adjust the parameters mu1 and mu2, it doesn't work. Actually this is not a problem caused by the friction parameter setting, when I set the D parameter of the PID controller for each joint from 10 to 1, the problem disappeared. I used effort_controllers/JointPositionController, I think this will help you.

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