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Structural optimization of a rotary joint by hybrid method of FEM, neural-fuzzy and water cycle-moth flame algorithm for robotics and automation manufacturing


Ngoc Le Chau, Minh Phung Dang, Chander Prakash, Dharam Buddhi, Thanh-Phong Dao

Source title: 
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 156: 104199, 2022 (ISI)
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Rotary joint is used in robotic arm for mobility aids and rehabilitation device. The rotary joint often requires a compactness, a lightness, and a large load capacity in robotics as well as automation manufacturing. However, the experience-based design methods take a lot of time, finances, and human resources to achieve the mentioned multiple functions. To overcome the above difficulties, the article proposes a new design technique to solve the structural optimization for the rotary joint. The proposed optimization technique is formed by topology method, analysis of variance, finite element method, adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system model, and water cycle moth-flame optimization algorithm. A new rotary joint is designed via the topology optimization. The adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system is optimized by Taguchi technique to enhance the modeling accuracy. The geometry of the joint is optimized by the water cycle moth-flame optimization algorithm. The results found that the rotary joint can stand a torque of 357.46 with the equivalent stress up to 489.98 MPa. The difference between the optimal prediction results and simulations are 0.27% and 0.58% for the moment reaction and the equivalent stress, respectively. The small error proves the developed hybrid method has a high reliability.