University of Limerick
OCEANS_2022_Hampton_rd_Phillipe_Santos_.pdf (7.06 MB)

Inverse kinematics of a subsea constrained manipulator based on FABRIK-R

Download (7.06 MB)
conference contribution
posted on 2024-01-23, 12:49 authored by Phillipe SantosPhillipe Santos, Matheus SantosMatheus Santos, Satja Sivčev, Edin OmerdicEdin Omerdic, Gerard DoolyGerard Dooly, Daniel ToalDaniel Toal

Although underwater manipulators are considered the most suitable tools for executing many subsea intervention operations, they are an example of robots not designed for autonomous tasks. The subsea manipulator Schilling Titan 2, for instance, is composed of a sequence of constrained joints that makes impossible finding a closed-form analytical solution for its inverse kinematics. For this reason, numerical methods

have normally been used. Nevertheless, these methods typically result in high computational load and may need many iterations to find a solution. FABRIK is an inverse kinematics approach which has as main advantages a fast convergence and a low computational cost, avoiding matrix inversion and being robust to singularities. However, the constraints imposed by the joints of the Titan 2 manipulator also makes impossible solving its

inverse kinematics using FABRIK. A recent extension of FABRIK, named FABRIK-R, presents a solution for this problem. Therefore, this paper proposes to overcome the mentioned issues by solving the inverse kinematics of a high constrained subsea manipulator based on FABRIK-R and presents a comparison between this solution and a classical approach based on a secondorder pseudo-inverse Jacobian. The advantages of the proposed approach are demonstrated in simulation experiments, and its feasibility is demonstrated in real experiments in manipulation tasks performed in dry lab conditions.


Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) - The SFI Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Research

Science Foundation Ireland

Find out more...

Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre

Science Foundation Ireland

Find out more...



OCEANS 2022, pp. 1-7



Other Funding information

This material is based upon works supported by the Science Foundation Ireland under the MaREI Centre research programme, LERO Science Foundation Ireland and CONFIRM. It is also co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund through the Southern and Eastern Regional Operational Programme to MaREI, Lero and CONFIRM centre.

Also affiliated with

  • LERO - The Irish Software Research Centre

Sustainable development goals

  • (9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Usage metrics

    University of Limerick



    Ref. manager