Published online by Cambridge University Press: 23 April 2001
A 6-DOF motion bed is proposed as a nonlinear robust observer to solve the forward kinematics problem of a Stewart platform. The stability of the estimation error dynamics is proved via Lyapunov stability analysis and the error dynamics shows practical stability. An observer design algorithm which tackles the nonlinearity and uncertainty both in the system and in the output is presented by a new arithmetic Riccati equation. The estimation performance for the algorithm is verified using both simulations and experiments. The equation employs the bounding condition computed from the platform dynamics.