Automatic Path Planning for Dual-Crane Lifting in Complex Environments Using a Prioritized Multiobjective PGA

Panpan Cai Nanyang Technological University Indhumathi Chandrasekaran Nanyang Technological University Jianmin Zheng Nanyang Technological University Yiyu Cai Nanyang Technological University

Geometric Modeling and Processing mathscidoc:1909.16002

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL INFORMATICS, 14, (3), 2018
Cooperative dual-crane lifting is an important but challenging process involved in heavy and critical lifting tasks. This paper considers the path planning for the cooperative dual-crane lifting. It aims to automatically generate optimal dual-crane lifting paths under multiple constraints, i.e., collision avoidance, coordination between the two cranes, and balance of the lifting target. Previous works often used oversimplified models for the dual-crane lifting system, the lifting environment, and the motion of the lifting target. They were thus limited to simple lifting cases and might even lead to unsafe paths in some cases. We develop a novel path planner for dual-crane lifting that can quickly produce optimized paths in complex 3-D environments. The planner has fully considered the kinematic structure of the lifting system. Therefore, it is able to robustly handle the nonlinear movement of the suspended target during lifting. The effectiveness and efficiency of the planner are enabled by three novel aspects: 1) a comprehensive and computationally efficient mathematical modeling of the lifting system; 2) a new multiobjective parallel genetic algorithm designed to solve the path planning problem; and 3) a new efficient approach to perform continuous collision detection for the dual-crane lifting target. The planner has been tested in complex industrial environments. The results show that the planner can generate dual-crane lifting paths that are easy for conductions and optimized in terms of costs for complex environments. Comparisons with two previous methods demonstrate the advantages of the planner, including safer paths, higher success rates, and the ability to handle general lifting cases.
Continuous collision detection, dual-crane lifting, parallel genetic algorithm, robotic path planning
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@inproceedings{panpan2018automatic,
  title={Automatic Path Planning for Dual-Crane Lifting in Complex Environments Using a Prioritized Multiobjective PGA},
  author={Panpan Cai, Indhumathi Chandrasekaran, Jianmin Zheng, and Yiyu Cai},
  url={http://archive.ymsc.tsinghua.edu.cn/pacm_paperurl/20190908232719594685490},
  booktitle={IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL INFORMATICS},
  volume={14},
  number={3},
  year={2018},
}
Panpan Cai, Indhumathi Chandrasekaran, Jianmin Zheng, and Yiyu Cai. Automatic Path Planning for Dual-Crane Lifting in Complex Environments Using a Prioritized Multiobjective PGA. 2018. Vol. 14. In IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL INFORMATICS. http://archive.ymsc.tsinghua.edu.cn/pacm_paperurl/20190908232719594685490.
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