Abstract：A new approach to designing continuous gain scheduled H∞ controllers for n joint rigid robot manipulator has been presented in this paper. The approach combines gain scheduling theory with H∞ theory. By linearizing the system at equilibrium points and utilizing state feedback H∞ technique with poles placement, we design state feedback gain satisfying H∞ performance and dynamic qualities at every operated regions. The gains are fitted to continuous functions of the states of the system using taylor series expansion. With changes of the states of the system, the controller can get continuous gains using the fitted gain functions. Not only the designed controller can be applied to the plants with fast varying states, but also the system possesses always a good dynamic performance. The presented approach overcomes limitations of the conventional gain scheduling control. Simulation results prove the effectiveness of the designed controller.
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