6. Symbolics using SymPy

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using Pkg # hide
Pkg.activate("../../../../examples/6. Symbolics using SymPy") # hide
Pkg.instantiate() # hide
using RigidBodyDynamics
using StaticArrays
using SymPy

Create symbolic parameters

  • Masses: $m_1, m_2$
  • Mass moments of inertia (about center of mass): $I_1, I_2$
  • Link lengths: $l_1, l_2$
  • Center of mass locations (w.r.t. preceding joint axis): $c_1, c_2$
  • Gravitational acceleration: $g$
inertias = @syms m_1 m_2 I_1 I_2 positive = true
lengths = @syms l_1 l_2 c_1 c_2 real = true
gravitational_acceleration = @syms g real = true
params = [inertias..., lengths..., gravitational_acceleration...]

Create double pendulum Mechanism

A Mechanism contains the joint layout and inertia parameters, but no state information.

T = Sym # the 'scalar type' of the Mechanism we'll construct
axis = SVector(zero(T), one(T), zero(T)) # axis of rotation for each of the joints
double_pendulum = Mechanism(RigidBody{T}("world"); gravity = SVector(zero(T), zero(T), g))
world = root_body(double_pendulum) # the fixed 'world' rigid body

Attach the first (upper) link to the world via a revolute joint named 'shoulder'

inertia1 = SpatialInertia(CartesianFrame3D("upper_link"),
    moment=I_1 * axis * transpose(axis),
    com=SVector(zero(T), zero(T), c_1),
body1 = RigidBody(inertia1)
joint1 = Joint("shoulder", Revolute(axis))
joint1_to_world = one(Transform3D{T}, frame_before(joint1), default_frame(world));
attach!(double_pendulum, world, body1, joint1,
    joint_pose = joint1_to_world);
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Attach the second (lower) link to the world via a revolute joint named 'elbow'

inertia2 = SpatialInertia(CartesianFrame3D("lower_link"),
    moment=I_2 * axis * transpose(axis),
    com=SVector(zero(T), zero(T), c_2),
body2 = RigidBody(inertia2)
joint2 = Joint("elbow", Revolute(axis))
joint2_to_body1 = Transform3D(
    frame_before(joint2), default_frame(body1), SVector(zero(T), zero(T), l_1))
attach!(double_pendulum, body1, body2, joint2,
    joint_pose = joint2_to_body1)

Create MechanismState associated with the double pendulum Mechanism

A MechanismState stores all state-dependent information associated with a Mechanism.

x = MechanismState(double_pendulum);
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Set the joint configuration vector of the MechanismState to a new vector of symbolic variables

q = configuration(x)
for i in eachindex(q)
    q[i] = symbols("q_$i", real = true)

Set the joint velocity vector of the MechanismState to a new vector of symbolic variables

v = velocity(x)
for i in eachindex(v)
    v[i] = symbols("v_$i", real = true)

Compute dynamical quantities in symbolic form

Mass matrix


Kinetic energy


Potential energy


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