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Difference in movement between the input value and the actual movement

asked 2019-10-16 04:03:04 -0500

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updated 2019-10-16 09:34:39 -0500

-Robot: waffle Pi -SBC: Raspberry Pi 3

OS installed in SBC: Raspbian OS installed in Remote PC: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) ROS version: 1.12.14

Hello everyone, I wrote two codes to derive my robot one is for linear movement and the other is for the rotational movement. the problem is that the error is always increased by increasing the traveled distance (rotation /angle). That means if I enter 360 degrees rotation angle the robot will rotate almost 340 degrees (20 degrees error) and this error will higher when rotating for example 720 degrees and so on. When I apply the code using "fake node" there is no errors. Does anyone meet the same problem and have ideas to solve it? Best wishes Below is my code (for the rotation movement):

#!/usr/bin/env python
import rospy
from geometry_msgs.msg import Twist
#PI = 3.1415926535897   the basic position 

def move():  
        print("Let's rotate your robot")
        speed = input("Input your speed (degrees/sec):")
        angle = input("Type your distance (degrees):")
        clockwise = input("Clockwise?: ") 

        PI = 3.1415926535897
        angular_speed = speed*2*PI/360
        relative_angle = angle*2*PI/360

        #vel_msg.angular.x = 0
        #vel_msg.angular.y = 0

        if clockwise:
            vel_msg.angular.z = -abs(angular_speed)
            vel_msg.angular.z = abs(angular_speed)

        t0 =
        #rospy.spin()  WRONG USE
        current_angle = 0
        while(current_angle < relative_angle):
            t1 =
            current_angle = angular_speed*(t1-t0)

        vel_msg.angular.z = 0
        #rospy.spin()   . if we uncomment tje rospy.spin the program will not stop automatically but only when pressing Ctrl+C

if __name__ == '__main__':
    rospy.init_node('move', anonymous=True)
        velocity_publisher = rospy.Publisher('/cmd_vel', Twist, queue_size=10)
        vel_msg = Twist()

     except rospy.ROSInterruptException:
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Generally speaking when you test things on "fake nodes", you are using an ideal environment, however the behavior will be slightly different when you try the same code on a real machine because encoders, sensors etc. have their own inherent error.

I think the problem arises when you compute the current_angle in that way. The error of the calculations will increase over time because is the natural behavior of such logic. Have you tried to listen between transforms, E.g.: base_link -> Odom and calculate the relative transform?

With the relative transform you will be able to compute with high precision the magnitude the robot steered and implement the logic to control when to stop.

However, you will have to take into account that this method also comes with errors, it will depends on the precision of your transform broadcaster.

Maybe this resource is usefull for your problem: Turtlebot Free Space Navigation

Weasfas gravatar image Weasfas  ( 2019-10-16 04:25:17 -0500 )edit

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answered 2019-10-18 02:33:34 -0500

adel gravatar image

updated 2019-10-18 03:52:02 -0500

@Weasfas, @stevemacenski, Thank you for the response today I will use your advice and try to solve the problem.

EDITED. The problem of the rotation error had solved I solved this problem by doing the next: I did some experiments and found that the error was almost (-13 degree) therefore in the code I added this error to the angle entered by the user. And because of this -13 degree was only for 360 degrees and it increases by increasing the angle I established a formula that increases this expected error 13 by increasing the angle: E.g. 13 for 360 26(132) for 720 (3602) , 39 (133) for 1080 (3603) and so on the formula that is being used: relative_angle = (angle+((angle/360)13))2PI/360 where the term ((angle/360)13) represents the increased error by increasing the angle

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answered 2019-10-16 11:55:40 -0500

One issue is that this is open loop. @Weasfas comment represents one particular (very ROS-y) way of closing that loop, you need to have something that's measuring the actual agular distance traveled by your wheels so you can derive how far the wheels have actually moved vs what you commanded it to move (less wheel slippage).

This is generally what we refer to as "odometry", which in short is just the actual measurements from some sensors about relative motion. This could be from wheel encoders, signal strengths, visual feature matching, etc. One of the first things you might learn in a control theory class is response time, just because you command a motor to go somewhere, doesn't mean it can instantaneously.

20 degrees is about a 5% error, in my book that's pretty reasonable for open loop control of this nature

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