Considering uncertainty is inarguably a crucial aspect of dynamic analysis, design, and control of a mechanical system. When it comes to multibody problems, the effect of uncertainty in the system’s parameters and excitations becomes even more significant due to the accumulation of inaccuracies. For this reason, this paper presents a detailed research on the use of the Polynomial Chaos Expansion (PCE) method for the control of nondeterministic multibody systems. PCE is essentially a way to compactly represent random variables. In this scheme, each stochastic response output and random input is projected onto the space of appropriate independent orthogonal polynomial basis functions. In the field of robotics, a required task is to force robotic arms to follow designated paths. Controlling such systems usually leads to difficulties since the dynamic equations of multibody problems are highly nonlinear. Computed Torque Control Law (CTCL) is able to overcome these difficulties by using feedback linearization to evaluate the required torque/force at any time to make the system follow a trajectory. In this paper, a mathematical framework is introduced to apply the Computed Torque Control Law to a multibody system with uncertainty. Surprisingly, it is shown that using this control scheme, uncertainty in geometry does not affect the closed-loop equations of controlled systems. Both the intrusive PCE method and the Monte Carlo approach are used to control a fully actuated two-link planar elbow arm where each link is required to follow a specified path. Lastly, a comparison of the time efficiency and accuracy between the traditionally used Monte Carlo method and the intrusive PCE is presented. The results indicate that the intrusive PCE approach can provide better accuracy with much less computation time than the Monte Carlo method.

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