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Definition of the inertia tensor

asked 2019-11-20 03:54:23 -0600

felixcra gravatar image

Consider the following two definitions of the Inertia tensor

Definition 1: image description

Definition 2: image description

Which of these two definitions, if any, does apply for the URDF specification for the link element here:

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Definition 1 is most commonly used one, but, I'm very much interested for the ros-experts to leave here an answer.

pmuthu2s gravatar image pmuthu2s  ( 2019-11-26 06:49:39 -0600 )edit

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answered 2021-04-06 08:00:01 -0600

Silvio Traversaro gravatar image

As far as I know Definition 2 is the one used by most implementation of URDF parsers, even if indeed this is technically left unspecified in the URDF "specification". Unfortunately, there is no issue tracker for the URDF specification itself (see, so no obvious place to debug this. Furthermore, note that even your definition are not completely unambiguous, as a definition for the meaning of the elements of the matrix and by the matrix itself should be provided to avoid confusion.

However, in my experience without a better reference the KDL URDF parser, one of the first libraries that uses this URDF tags, may be a good reference. There you can see that it seems that Definition 2 is used:

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