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How to control one joint while a second one swings?

asked 2015-06-30 05:43:55 -0600

carlos gravatar image

I have a model with 2 revolute joints spawn from an urdf, and a gazebo-ros plugin to interact with it.

I want to command the position of one joint, and the other should swing freely, but wish to know its position.

So I have a std::vector<gazebo::physics::JointPtr> sim_joints_; properly initialized with the sdf joints, and in the plugin Update() I read the two states like

for(unsigned int j=0; j < 2; j++)
    joint_position_[j] += angles::shortest_angular_distance(joint_position_[j],

then publish all joint_position_'s, update the joint_position_command for joint j=1, and finally write

sim_joints_[1]->SetPosition(0, joint_position_command);

Joint j=1 moves according to the command, but joint j=0 does not swing. If I don't write anything, i.e. delete the SetPosition(), or if I use sim_joints_[j=0,1]->Update(), both joints swing freely.

Seems like writing the position to any joint makes the rest joints to freeze.

Am I missing something? How can achieve the desired behavior?

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answered 2015-06-30 12:36:43 -0600

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Have you tried using:

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If I leave the simulation running for while, it does start falling, but very slow, as if the joint had damping (if the robot is vertical it never moves). I'm actually playing with the gazeboroscontrol plugin, I'm using my modified rrbot example. Here I'm trying different things for the non-driven joint.

carlos gravatar imagecarlos ( 2015-07-01 03:01:28 -0600 )edit
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