Drake

MultibodyTree provides a representation for a physical system consisting of a collection of interconnected rigid and deformable bodies. More...
#include <drake/multibody/multibody_tree/body.h>
Public Member Functions  
MultibodyTree ()  
Creates a MultibodyTree containing only a world body. More...  
int  get_num_frames () const 
Returns the number of Frame objects in the MultibodyTree. More...  
int  get_num_bodies () const 
Returns the number of bodies in the MultibodyTree including the world body. More...  
int  get_num_joints () const 
Returns the number of joints added with AddJoint() to the MultibodyTree. More...  
int  get_num_mobilizers () const 
Returns the number of mobilizers in the MultibodyTree. More...  
int  get_num_force_elements () const 
Returns the number of ForceElement objects in the MultibodyTree. More...  
int  get_num_positions () const 
Returns the number of generalized positions of the model. More...  
int  get_num_velocities () const 
Returns the number of generalized velocities of the model. More...  
int  get_num_states () const 
Returns the total size of the state vector in the model. More...  
int  get_tree_height () const 
Returns the height of the tree data structure of this MultibodyTree. More...  
const RigidBody< T > &  get_world_body () const 
Returns a constant reference to the world body. More...  
const BodyFrame< T > &  get_world_frame () const 
Returns a constant reference to the world frame. More...  
const Body< T > &  get_body (BodyIndex body_index) const 
Returns a constant reference to the body with unique index body_index . More...  
const Frame< T > &  get_frame (FrameIndex frame_index) const 
Returns a constant reference to the frame with unique index frame_index . More...  
const Mobilizer< T > &  get_mobilizer (MobilizerIndex mobilizer_index) const 
Returns a constant reference to the mobilizer with unique index mobilizer_index . More...  
bool  topology_is_valid () const 
Returns true if this MultibodyTree was finalized with Finalize() after all multibody elements were added, and false otherwise. More...  
const MultibodyTreeTopology &  get_topology () const 
Returns the topology information for this multibody tree. More...  
void  Finalize () 
This method must be called after all elements in the tree (joints, bodies, force elements, constraints) were added and before any computations are performed. More...  
std::unique_ptr< systems::LeafContext< T > >  CreateDefaultContext () const 
Allocates a new context for this MultibodyTree uniquely identifying the state of the multibody system. More...  
void  SetDefaultContext (systems::Context< T > *context) const 
Sets default values in the context. More...  
std::unique_ptr< MultibodyTree< T > >  Clone () const 
Creates a deep copy of this MultibodyTree templated on the same scalar type T as this tree. More...  
std::unique_ptr< MultibodyTree< AutoDiffXd > >  ToAutoDiffXd () const 
Creates a deep copy of this MultibodyTree templated on AutoDiffXd. More...  
template<typename ToScalar >  
std::unique_ptr< MultibodyTree< ToScalar > >  CloneToScalar () const 
Creates a deep copy of this MultibodyTree templated on the scalar type ToScalar . More...  
Does not allow copy, move, or assignment  
MultibodyTree (const MultibodyTree &)=delete  
MultibodyTree &  operator= (const MultibodyTree &)=delete 
MultibodyTree (MultibodyTree &&)=delete  
MultibodyTree &  operator= (MultibodyTree &&)=delete 
Methods to add new MultibodyTree elements.  
To create a MultibodyTree users will add multibody elements like bodies, joints, force elements, constraints, etc, using one of these methods. Once a user is done adding multibody elements, the Finalize() method must be called before invoking any MultibodyTree method. See Finalize() for details.  
template<template< typename Scalar > class BodyType>  
const BodyType< T > &  AddBody (std::unique_ptr< BodyType< T >> body) 
Takes ownership of body and adds it to this MultibodyTree. More...  
template<template< typename Scalar > class BodyType, typename... Args>  
const BodyType< T > &  AddBody (Args &&...args) 
Constructs a new body with type BodyType with the given args , and adds it to this MultibodyTree, which retains ownership. More...  
template<template< typename Scalar > class FrameType>  
const FrameType< T > &  AddFrame (std::unique_ptr< FrameType< T >> frame) 
Takes ownership of frame and adds it to this MultibodyTree. More...  
template<template< typename Scalar > class FrameType, typename... Args>  
const FrameType< T > &  AddFrame (Args &&...args) 
Constructs a new frame with type FrameType with the given args , and adds it to this MultibodyTree, which retains ownership. More...  
template<template< typename Scalar > class MobilizerType>  
const MobilizerType< T > &  AddMobilizer (std::unique_ptr< MobilizerType< T >> mobilizer) 
Takes ownership of mobilizer and adds it to this MultibodyTree. More...  
template<template< typename Scalar > class MobilizerType, typename... Args>  
const MobilizerType< T > &  AddMobilizer (Args &&...args) 
Constructs a new mobilizer with type MobilizerType with the given args , and adds it to this MultibodyTree, which retains ownership. More...  
template<template< typename Scalar > class ForceElementType>  
const ForceElementType< T > &  AddForceElement (std::unique_ptr< ForceElementType< T >> force_element) 
Creates and adds to this MultibodyTree (which retains ownership) a new ForceElement member with the specific type ForceElementType . More...  
template<template< typename Scalar > class ForceElementType, typename... Args>  
const ForceElementType< T > &  AddForceElement (Args &&...args) 
template<template< typename > class JointType, typename... Args>  
const JointType< T > &  AddJoint (const std::string &name, const Body< T > &parent, const optional< Isometry3< double >> &X_PF, const Body< T > &child, const optional< Isometry3< double >> &X_BM, Args &&...args) 
This method helps to create a Joint of type JointType between two bodies. More...  
Computational methods  
These methods expose the computational capabilities of MultibodyTree to compute kinematics, forward and inverse dynamics, and Jacobian matrices, among others. These methods follow Drake's naming scheme for methods performing a computation and therefore are named  
void  CalcPositionKinematicsCache (const systems::Context< T > &context, PositionKinematicsCache< T > *pc) const 
Computes into the position kinematics pc all the kinematic quantities that depend on the generalized positions only. More...  
void  CalcVelocityKinematicsCache (const systems::Context< T > &context, const PositionKinematicsCache< T > &pc, VelocityKinematicsCache< T > *vc) const 
Computes all the kinematic quantities that depend on the generalized velocities and stores them in the velocity kinematics cache vc . More...  
void  CalcAccelerationKinematicsCache (const systems::Context< T > &context, const PositionKinematicsCache< T > &pc, const VelocityKinematicsCache< T > &vc, const VectorX< T > &known_vdot, AccelerationKinematicsCache< T > *ac) const 
Computes all the kinematic quantities that depend on the generalized accelerations that is, the generalized velocities' time derivatives, and stores them in the acceleration kinematics cache ac . More...  
void  CalcSpatialAccelerationsFromVdot (const systems::Context< T > &context, const PositionKinematicsCache< T > &pc, const VelocityKinematicsCache< T > &vc, const VectorX< T > &known_vdot, std::vector< SpatialAcceleration< T >> *A_WB_array) const 
Given the state of this MultibodyTree in context and a known vector of generalized accelerations known_vdot , this method computes the spatial acceleration A_WB for each body as measured and expressed in the world frame W. More...  
void  CalcInverseDynamics (const systems::Context< T > &context, const PositionKinematicsCache< T > &pc, const VelocityKinematicsCache< T > &vc, const VectorX< T > &known_vdot, const std::vector< SpatialForce< T >> &Fapplied_Bo_W_array, const Eigen::Ref< const VectorX< T >> &tau_applied_array, std::vector< SpatialAcceleration< T >> *A_WB_array, std::vector< SpatialForce< T >> *F_BMo_W_array, EigenPtr< VectorX< T >> tau_array) const 
Given the state of this MultibodyTree in context and a known vector of generalized accelerations vdot , this method computes the set of generalized forces tau that would need to be applied at each Mobilizer in order to attain the specified generalized accelerations. More...  
void  CalcForceElementsContribution (const systems::Context< T > &context, const PositionKinematicsCache< T > &pc, const VelocityKinematicsCache< T > &vc, std::vector< SpatialForce< T >> *F_Bo_W_array, EigenPtr< VectorX< T >> tau_array) const 
Computes the combined force contribution of ForceElement objects in the model. More...  
T  CalcPotentialEnergy (const systems::Context< T > &context) const 
Computes and returns the total potential energy stored in this multibody model for the configuration given by context . More...  
T  CalcConservativePower (const systems::Context< T > &context) const 
Computes and returns the power generated by conservative forces in the multibody model. More...  
void  CalcMassMatrixViaInverseDynamics (const systems::Context< T > &context, EigenPtr< MatrixX< T >> H) const 
Performs the computation of the mass matrix M(q) of the model using inverse dynamics, where the generalized positions q are stored in context . More...  
void  CalcBiasTerm (const systems::Context< T > &context, EigenPtr< VectorX< T >> Cv) const 
Computes the bias term C(q, v)v containing Coriolis and gyroscopic effects of the multibody equations of motion: More...  
Isometry3< T >  CalcRelativeTransform (const systems::Context< T > &context, const Frame< T > &to_frame_A, const Frame< T > &from_frame_B) const 
Computes the relative transform X_AB(q) from a frame B to a frame A, as a function of the generalized positions q of the model. More...  
void  CalcPointsPositions (const systems::Context< T > &context, const Frame< T > &from_frame_B, const Eigen::Ref< const MatrixX< T >> &p_BQi, const Frame< T > &to_frame_A, EigenPtr< MatrixX< T >> p_AQi) const 
Given the positions p_BQi for a set of points Qi measured and expressed in a frame B, this method computes the positions p_AQi(q) of each point Qi in the set as measured and expressed in another frame A, as a function of the generalized positions q of the model. More...  
void  MapVelocityToQDot (const systems::Context< T > &context, const Eigen::Ref< const VectorX< T >> &v, EigenPtr< VectorX< T >> qdot) const 
Transforms generalized velocities v to time derivatives qdot of the generalized positions vector q (stored in context ). More...  
void  MapQDotToVelocity (const systems::Context< T > &context, const Eigen::Ref< const VectorX< T >> &qdot, EigenPtr< VectorX< T >> v) const 
Transforms the time derivative qdot of the generalized positions vector q (stored in context ) to generalized velocities v . More...  
Methods to retrieve multibody element variants  
Given two variants of the same MultibodyTree, these methods map an element in one variant, to its corresponding element in the other variant. A concrete case is the call to ToAutoDiffXd() to obtain a MultibodyTree variant templated on AutoDiffXd from a MultibodyTree templated on Consider the following code example: // The user creates a model. MultibodyTree<double> model; // User adds a body and keeps a reference to it. // User creates an AutoDiffXd variant. Variants on other scalar types // can be created with a call to CloneToScalar(). std::unique_ptr<MultibodyTree<Tvariant>> variant_model = model.ToAutoDiffXd(); // User retrieves the AutoDiffXd variant corresponding to the original // body added above. const RigidBody<AutoDiffXd>& variant_body = variant_model.get_variant(body); MultibodyTree::get_variant() is templated on the multibody element type which is deduced from its only input argument. The returned element is templated on the scalar type T of the MultibodyTree on which this method is invoked.  
template<template< typename > class MultibodyElement, typename Scalar >  
std::enable_if_t< std::is_base_of< Frame< T >, MultibodyElement< T > >::value, const MultibodyElement< T > & >  get_variant (const MultibodyElement< Scalar > &element) const 
SFINAE overload for Frame<T> elements. More...  
template<template< typename > class MultibodyElement, typename Scalar >  
std::enable_if_t< std::is_base_of< Body< T >, MultibodyElement< T > >::value, const MultibodyElement< T > & >  get_variant (const MultibodyElement< Scalar > &element) const 
SFINAE overload for Body<T> elements. More...  
template<template< typename > class MultibodyElement, typename Scalar >  
std::enable_if_t< std::is_base_of< Mobilizer< T >, MultibodyElement< T > >::value, const MultibodyElement< T > & >  get_variant (const MultibodyElement< Scalar > &element) const 
SFINAE overload for Mobilizer<T> elements. More...  
template<template< typename > class MultibodyElement, typename Scalar >  
std::enable_if_t< std::is_base_of< Joint< T >, MultibodyElement< T > >::value, const MultibodyElement< T > & >  get_variant (const MultibodyElement< Scalar > &element) const 
SFINAE overload for Joint<T> elements. More...  
Friends  
template<typename >  
class  MultibodyTree 
MultibodyTree provides a representation for a physical system consisting of a collection of interconnected rigid and deformable bodies.
As such, it owns and manages each of the elements that belong to this physical system. Multibody dynamics elements include bodies, joints, force elements and constraints.
T  The scalar type. Must be a valid Eigen scalar. 
Instantiated templates for the following kinds of T's are provided:
They are already available to link against in the containing library. No other values for T are currently supported.

delete 

delete 
MultibodyTree  (  ) 
Creates a MultibodyTree containing only a world body.

inline 
Takes ownership of body
and adds it to this
MultibodyTree.
Returns a constant reference to the body just added, which will remain valid for the lifetime of this
MultibodyTree.
Example of usage:
std::logic_error  if body is a nullptr. 
std::logic_error  if Finalize() was already called on this tree. 
[in]  body  A unique pointer to a body to add to this MultibodyTree. The body class must be specialized on the same scalar type T as this MultibodyTree. 
BodyType
to the created body. This reference which will remain valid for the lifetime of this
MultibodyTree.BodyType  The type of the specific subclass of Body to add. The template needs to be specialized on the same scalar type T of this MultibodyTree. 

inline 
Constructs a new body with type BodyType
with the given args
, and adds it to this
MultibodyTree, which retains ownership.
The BodyType
will be specialized on the scalar type T of this MultibodyTree.
Example of usage:
Note that for dependent names you must use the template keyword (say for instance you have a MultibodyTree<T> member within your custom class):
std::logic_error  if Finalize() was already called on this tree. 
[in]  args  The arguments needed to construct a valid Body of type BodyType . BodyType must provide a public constructor that takes these arguments. 
BodyType
to the created body. This reference which will remain valid for the lifetime of this
MultibodyTree.BodyType  A template for the type of Body to construct. The template will be specialized on the scalar type T of this MultibodyTree. 

inline 
Creates and adds to this
MultibodyTree (which retains ownership) a new ForceElement
member with the specific type ForceElementType
.
The arguments to this method args
are forwarded to ForceElementType
's constructor.
The newly created ForceElementType
object will be specialized on the scalar type T of this MultibodyTree.

inline 

inline 
Takes ownership of frame
and adds it to this
MultibodyTree.
Returns a constant reference to the frame just added, which will remain valid for the lifetime of this
MultibodyTree.
Example of usage:
std::logic_error  if frame is a nullptr. 
std::logic_error  if Finalize() was already called on this tree. 
[in]  frame  A unique pointer to a frame to be added to this MultibodyTree. The frame class must be specialized on the same scalar type T as this MultibodyTree. 
FrameType
to the created frame. This reference which will remain valid for the lifetime of this
MultibodyTree.FrameType  The type of the specific subclass of Frame to add. The template needs to be specialized on the same scalar type T of this MultibodyTree. 

inline 
Constructs a new frame with type FrameType
with the given args
, and adds it to this
MultibodyTree, which retains ownership.
The FrameType
will be specialized on the scalar type T of this MultibodyTree.
Example of usage:
Note that for dependent names you must use the template keyword (say for instance you have a MultibodyTree<T> member within your custom class):
std::logic_error  if Finalize() was already called on this tree. 
[in]  args  The arguments needed to construct a valid Frame of type FrameType . FrameType must provide a public constructor that takes these arguments. 
FrameType
to the created frame. This reference which will remain valid for the lifetime of this
MultibodyTree.FrameType  A template for the type of Frame to construct. The template will be specialized on the scalar type T of this MultibodyTree. 

inline 
This method helps to create a Joint of type JointType
between two bodies.
The two bodies connected by this Joint object are referred to as the parent and child bodies. Although the terms parent and child are sometimes used synonymously to describe the relationship between inboard and outboard bodies in multibody models, this usage is wholly unrelated and implies nothing about the inboardoutboard relationship between the bodies. As explained in the Joint class's documentation, in Drake we define a frame F attached to the parent body P with pose X_PF
and a frame M attached to the child body B with pose X_BM
. This method helps creating a joint between two bodies with fixed poses X_PF
and X_BM
. Refer to the Joint class's documentation for more details.
The arguments to this method args
are forwarded to JointType
's constructor. The newly created JointType
object will be specialized on the scalar type T of this MultibodyTree.
name  The name of the joint.  
[in]  parent  The parent body connected by the new joint. 
[in]  X_PF  The fixed pose of frame F attached to the parent body, measured in the frame P of that body. X_PF is an optional parameter; empty curly braces {} imply that frame F is the same body frame P. If instead your intention is to make a frame F with pose X_PF , provide Isometry3<double>::Identity() as your input. 
[in]  child  The child body connected by the new joint. 
[in]  X_BM  The fixed pose of frame M attached to the child body, measured in the frame B of that body. X_BM is an optional parameter; empty curly braces {} imply that frame M is the same body frame B. If instead your intention is to make a frame F with pose X_PF , provide Isometry3<double>::Identity() as your input. 
Example of usage:

inline 
Takes ownership of mobilizer
and adds it to this
MultibodyTree.
Returns a constant reference to the mobilizer just added, which will remain valid for the lifetime of this
MultibodyTree.
Example of usage:
A Mobilizer effectively connects the two bodies to which the inboard and outboard frames belong.
std::logic_error  if mobilizer is a nullptr. 
std::logic_error  if Finalize() was already called on this tree. 
a  std::runtime_error if the new mobilizer attempts to connect a frame with itself. 
std::runtime_error  if attempting to connect two bodies with more than one mobilizer between them. 
[in]  mobilizer  A unique pointer to a mobilizer to add to this MultibodyTree. The mobilizer class must be specialized on the same scalar type T as this MultibodyTree. Notice this is a requirement of this method's signature and therefore an input mobilzer specialized on a different scalar type than that of this MultibodyTree's T will fail to compile. 
MobilizerType
to the created mobilizer. This reference which will remain valid for the lifetime of this
MultibodyTree.MobilizerType  The type of the specific subclass of Mobilizer to add. The template needs to be specialized on the same scalar type T of this MultibodyTree. 

inline 
Constructs a new mobilizer with type MobilizerType
with the given args
, and adds it to this
MultibodyTree, which retains ownership.
The MobilizerType
will be specialized on the scalar type T of this MultibodyTree.
Example of usage:
Note that for dependent names only you must use the template keyword (say for instance you have a MultibodyTree<T> member within your custom class).
std::logic_error  if Finalize() was already called on this tree. 
a  std::runtime_error if the new mobilizer attempts to connect a frame with itself. 
std::runtime_error  if attempting to connect two bodies with more than one mobilizer between them. 
[in]  args  The arguments needed to construct a valid Mobilizer of type MobilizerType . MobilizerType must provide a public constructor that takes these arguments. 
MobilizerType
to the created mobilizer. This reference which will remain valid for the lifetime of this
MultibodyTree.MobilizerType  A template for the type of Mobilizer to construct. The template will be specialized on the scalar type T of this MultibodyTree. 
void CalcAccelerationKinematicsCache  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context, 
const PositionKinematicsCache< T > &  pc,  
const VelocityKinematicsCache< T > &  vc,  
const VectorX< T > &  known_vdot,  
AccelerationKinematicsCache< T > *  ac  
)  const 
Computes all the kinematic quantities that depend on the generalized accelerations that is, the generalized velocities' time derivatives, and stores them in the acceleration kinematics cache ac
.
These include:
A_WB
for each body B in the model as measured and expressed in the world frame W.[in]  context  The context containing the state of the MultibodyTree model. 
[in]  pc  A position kinematics cache object already updated to be in sync with context . 
[in]  vc  A velocity kinematics cache object already updated to be in sync with context . 
[in]  known_vdot  A vector with the generalized accelerations for the full MultibodyTree model. 
[out]  ac  A pointer to a valid, non nullptr, acceleration kinematics cache. This method aborts if ac is nullptr. 
pc
must have been previously updated with a call to CalcPositionKinematicsCache(). vc
must have been previously updated with a call to CalcVelocityKinematicsCache(). void CalcBiasTerm  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context, 
EigenPtr< VectorX< T >>  Cv  
)  const 
Computes the bias term C(q, v)v
containing Coriolis and gyroscopic effects of the multibody equations of motion:
M(q)v̇ + C(q, v)v = tau_app + ∑ J_WBᵀ(q) Fapp_Bo_W
where M(q)
is the multibody model's mass matrix and tau_app
consists of a vector applied generalized forces. The last term is a summation over all bodies in the model where Fapp_Bo_W
is an applied spatial force on body B at Bo
which gets projected into the space of generalized forces with the geometric Jacobian J_WB(q)
which maps generalized velocities into body B spatial velocity as V_WB = J_WB(q)v
.
[in]  context  The context containing the state of the MultibodyTree model. It stores the generalized positions q and the generalized velocities v. 
[out]  Cv  On output, Cv will contain the product C(q, v)v . It must be a valid (nonnull) pointer to a column vector in ℛⁿ with n the number of generalized velocities (get_num_velocities()) of the model. This method aborts if Cv is nullptr or if it does not have the proper size. 
T CalcConservativePower  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context  )  const 
Computes and returns the power generated by conservative forces in the multibody model.
This quantity is defined to be positive when the potential energy is decreasing. In other words, if U(q)
is the potential energy as defined by CalcPotentialEnergy(), then the conservative power, Pc
, is Pc = U̇(q)
.
void CalcForceElementsContribution  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context, 
const PositionKinematicsCache< T > &  pc,  
const VelocityKinematicsCache< T > &  vc,  
std::vector< SpatialForce< T >> *  F_Bo_W_array,  
EigenPtr< VectorX< T >>  tau_array  
)  const 
Computes the combined force contribution of ForceElement objects in the model.
A ForceElement can apply forcing as a spatial force per body or as generalized forces, depending on the ForceElement model. Therefore this method provides outputs for both spatial forces per body (with F_Bo_W_array
) and generalized forces (with tau_array
). ForceElement contributions are a function of the state and time only. The output from this method can immediately be used as input to CalcInverseDynamics() to include the effect of applied forces by force elements.
[in]  context  The context containing the state of the MultibodyTree model. 
[in]  pc  A position kinematics cache object already updated to be in sync with context . 
[in]  vc  A velocity kinematics cache object already updated to be in sync with context . 
[out]  F_Bo_W_array  A pointer to a valid, non nullptr, vector of spatial forces containing, for each body B, the total spatial force F_Bo_W applied at Bo by the force elements in this model, expressed in the world frame W. It must be of size equal to the number of bodies in the MultibodyTree. This method will abort if the the pointer is null or if F_Bo_W_array is not of size get_num_bodies() . On output, entries will be ordered by BodyNodeIndex. To access a mobilizer's reaction force on given body B in this array, use the index returned by Body::get_node_index(). 
[out]  tau_array  On output this array will contain the generalized forces contribution applied by the force elements in this model. It must not be nullptr and it must be of size MultibodyTree::get_num_velocities() or this method will abort. Generalized forces for each Mobilizer can be accessed with Mobilizer::get_generalized_forces_from_array(). 
pc
must have been previously updated with a call to CalcPositionKinematicsCache(). vc
must have been previously updated with a call to CalcVelocityKinematicsCache(). void CalcInverseDynamics  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context, 
const PositionKinematicsCache< T > &  pc,  
const VelocityKinematicsCache< T > &  vc,  
const VectorX< T > &  known_vdot,  
const std::vector< SpatialForce< T >> &  Fapplied_Bo_W_array,  
const Eigen::Ref< const VectorX< T >> &  tau_applied_array,  
std::vector< SpatialAcceleration< T >> *  A_WB_array,  
std::vector< SpatialForce< T >> *  F_BMo_W_array,  
EigenPtr< VectorX< T >>  tau_array  
)  const 
Given the state of this
MultibodyTree in context
and a known vector of generalized accelerations vdot
, this method computes the set of generalized forces tau
that would need to be applied at each Mobilizer in order to attain the specified generalized accelerations.
Mathematically, this method computes:
tau = M(q)v̇ + C(q, v)v  tau_app  ∑ J_WBᵀ(q) Fapp_Bo_W
where M(q)
is the MultibodyTree mass matrix, C(q, v)v
is the bias term containing Coriolis and gyroscopic effects and tau_app
consists of a vector applied generalized forces. The last term is a summation over all bodies in the model where Fapp_Bo_W
is an applied spatial force on body B at Bo
which gets projected into the space of generalized forces with the geometric Jacobian J_WB(q)
which maps generalized velocities into body B spatial velocity as V_WB = J_WB(q)v
. This method does not compute explicit expressions for the mass matrix nor for the bias term, which would be of at least O(n²)
complexity, but it implements an O(n)
NewtonEuler recursive algorithm, where n is the number of bodies in the MultibodyTree. The explicit formation of the mass matrix M(q)
would require the calculation of O(n²)
entries while explicitly forming the product C(q, v) * v
could require up to O(n³)
operations (see [Featherstone 1987, §4]), depending on the implementation. The recursive NewtonEuler algorithm is the most efficient currently known general method for solving inverse dynamics [Featherstone 2008].
[in]  context  The context containing the state of the MultibodyTree model. 
[in]  pc  A position kinematics cache object already updated to be in sync with context . 
[in]  vc  A velocity kinematics cache object already updated to be in sync with context . 
[in]  known_vdot  A vector with the known generalized accelerations vdot for the full MultibodyTree model. Use Mobilizer::get_accelerations_from_array() to access entries into this array for a particular Mobilizer. You can use the mutable version of this method to write into this array. 
[in]  Fapplied_Bo_W_array  A vector containing the spatial force Fapplied_Bo_W applied on each body at the body's frame origin Bo and expressed in the world frame W. Fapplied_Bo_W_array can have zero size which means there are no applied forces. To apply nonzero forces, Fapplied_Bo_W_array must be of size equal to the number of bodies in this MultibodyTree model. This array must be ordered by BodyNodeIndex, which for a given body can be retrieved with Body::get_node_index(). This method will abort if provided with an array that does not have a size of either get_num_bodies() or zero. 
[in]  tau_applied_array  An array of applied generalized forces for the entire model. For a given mobilizer, entries in this array can be accessed using the method Mobilizer::get_generalized_forces_from_array() while its mutable counterpart, Mobilizer::get_mutable_generalized_forces_from_array(), allows writing into this array. tau_applied_array can have zero size, which means there are no applied forces. To apply nonzero forces, tau_applied_array must be of size equal to the number to the number of generalized velocities in the model, see MultibodyTree::get_num_velocities(). This method will abort if provided with an array that does not have a size of either MultibodyTree::get_num_velocities() or zero. 
[out]  A_WB_array  A pointer to a valid, non nullptr, vector of spatial accelerations containing the spatial acceleration A_WB for each body. It must be of size equal to the number of bodies. This method will abort if the the pointer is null or if A_WB_array is not of size get_num_bodies() . On output, entries will be ordered by BodyNodeIndex. To access the acceleration A_WB of given body B in this array, use the index returned by Body::get_node_index(). 
[out]  F_BMo_W_array  A pointer to a valid, non nullptr, vector of spatial forces containing, for each body B, the spatial force F_BMo_W corresponding to its inboard mobilizer reaction forces on body B applied at the origin Mo of the inboard mobilizer, expressed in the world frame W. It must be of size equal to the number of bodies in the MultibodyTree. This method will abort if the the pointer is null or if F_BMo_W_array is not of size get_num_bodies() . On output, entries will be ordered by BodyNodeIndex. To access a mobilizer's reaction force on given body B in this array, use the index returned by Body::get_node_index(). 
[out]  tau_array  On output this array will contain the generalized forces that must be applied in order to achieve the desired generalized accelerations given by the input argument known_vdot . It must not be nullptr and it must be of size MultibodyTree::get_num_velocities(). Generalized forces for each Mobilizer can be accessed with Mobilizer::get_generalized_forces_from_array(). 
A_WB_array
nor F_BMo_W_array
are ordered by BodyNodeIndex. You can use Body::get_node_index() to obtain the node index for a given body.F_BMo_W_array
and tau_array
as the only local temporaries and therefore no additional dynamic memory allocation is performed.F_BMo_W_array
(tau_array
) and Fapplied_Bo_W_array
(tau_applied_array
) can actually be the same array in order to reduce memory footprint and/or dynamic memory allocations. However the information in Fapplied_Bo_W_array
(tau_applied_array
) would be overwritten through F_BMo_W_array
(tau_array
). Make a copy if data must be preserved.pc
must have been previously updated with a call to CalcPositionKinematicsCache(). vc
must have been previously updated with a call to CalcVelocityKinematicsCache(). void CalcMassMatrixViaInverseDynamics  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context, 
EigenPtr< MatrixX< T >>  H  
)  const 
Performs the computation of the mass matrix M(q)
of the model using inverse dynamics, where the generalized positions q are stored in context
.
[in]  context  The context containing the state of the MultibodyTree model. 
[out]  H  A valid (nonnull) pointer to a squared matrix in ℛⁿˣⁿ with n the number of generalized velocities (get_num_velocities()) of the model. This method aborts if H is nullptr or if it does not have the proper size. 
The algorithm used to build M(q)
consists in computing one column of M(q)
at a time using inverse dynamics. The result from inverse dynamics, with no applied forces, is the vector of generalized forces:
tau = M(q)v̇ + C(q, v)v
where q and v are the generalized positions and velocities, respectively. When v = 0
the Coriolis and gyroscopic forces term C(q, v)v
is zero. Therefore the ith
column of M(q)
can be obtained performing inverse dynamics with an acceleration vector v̇ = eᵢ
, with eᵢ
the standard (or natural) basis of ℛⁿ
with n the number of generalized velocities. We write this as:
H.ᵢ(q) = M(q) * e_i
where H.ᵢ(q)
(notice the dot for the rows index) denotes the ith
column in M(q).
void CalcPointsPositions  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context, 
const Frame< T > &  from_frame_B,  
const Eigen::Ref< const MatrixX< T >> &  p_BQi,  
const Frame< T > &  to_frame_A,  
EigenPtr< MatrixX< T >>  p_AQi  
)  const 
Given the positions p_BQi
for a set of points Qi
measured and expressed in a frame B, this method computes the positions p_AQi(q)
of each point Qi
in the set as measured and expressed in another frame A, as a function of the generalized positions q of the model.
[in]  context  The context containing the state of the MultibodyTree model. It stores the generalized positions q of the model. 
[in]  from_frame_B  The frame B in which the positions p_BQi of a set of points Qi are given. 
[in]  p_BQi  The input positions of each point Qi in frame B. p_BQi ∈ ℝ³ˣⁿᵖ with np the number of points in the set. Each column of p_BQi corresponds to a vector in ℝ³ holding the position of one of the points in the set as measured and expressed in frame B. 
[in]  to_frame_A  The frame A in which it is desired to compute the positions p_AQi of each point Qi in the set. 
[out]  p_BQi  The output positions of each point Qi now computed as measured and expressed in frame A. The output p_AQi must have the same size as the input p_BQi or otherwise this method aborts. That is p_AQi must be in ℝ³ˣⁿᵖ . 
p_BQi
and p_BQi
must have three rows. Otherwise this method will throw a std::runtime_error exception. This method also throws a std::runtime_error exception if p_BQi
and p_BQi
differ in the number of columns. void CalcPositionKinematicsCache  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context, 
PositionKinematicsCache< T > *  pc  
)  const 
Computes into the position kinematics pc
all the kinematic quantities that depend on the generalized positions only.
These include:
X_BF
of each of the frames F attached to body B.X_WB
of each body B in the model as measured and expressed in the world frame W.H_FM
and H_PB_W
.com_W
and M_Bo_W
.Aborts if pc
is nullptr.
T CalcPotentialEnergy  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context  )  const 
Computes and returns the total potential energy stored in this
multibody model for the configuration given by context
.
[in]  context  The context containing the state of the MultibodyTree model. 
this
multibody model. Isometry3< T > CalcRelativeTransform  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context, 
const Frame< T > &  to_frame_A,  
const Frame< T > &  from_frame_B  
)  const 
Computes the relative transform X_AB(q)
from a frame B to a frame A, as a function of the generalized positions q of the model.
That is, the position p_AQ
of a point Q measured and expressed in frame A can be computed from the position p_BQ
of this point measured and expressed in frame B using the transformation p_AQ = X_AB⋅p_BQ
.
[in]  context  The context containing the state of the MultibodyTree model. It stores the generalized positions q of the model. 
[in]  to_frame_A  The target frame A in the computed relative transform X_AB . 
[in]  from_frame_B  The source frame B in the computed relative transform X_AB . 
X_AB  The relative transform from frame B to frame A, such that p_AQ = X_AB⋅p_BQ . 
void CalcSpatialAccelerationsFromVdot  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context, 
const PositionKinematicsCache< T > &  pc,  
const VelocityKinematicsCache< T > &  vc,  
const VectorX< T > &  known_vdot,  
std::vector< SpatialAcceleration< T >> *  A_WB_array  
)  const 
Given the state of this
MultibodyTree in context
and a known vector of generalized accelerations known_vdot
, this method computes the spatial acceleration A_WB
for each body as measured and expressed in the world frame W.
[in]  context  The context containing the state of the MultibodyTree model. 
[in]  pc  A position kinematics cache object already updated to be in sync with context . 
[in]  vc  A velocity kinematics cache object already updated to be in sync with context . 
[in]  known_vdot  A vector with the generalized accelerations for the full MultibodyTree model. 
[out]  A_WB_array  A pointer to a valid, non nullptr, vector of spatial accelerations containing the spatial acceleration A_WB for each body. It must be of size equal to the number of bodies in the MultibodyTree. This method will abort if the the pointer is null or if A_WB_array is not of size get_num_bodies() . On output, entries will be ordered by BodyNodeIndex. These accelerations can be read in the proper order with Body::get_from_spatial_acceleration_array(). 
pc
must have been previously updated with a call to CalcPositionKinematicsCache(). vc
must have been previously updated with a call to CalcVelocityKinematicsCache(). void CalcVelocityKinematicsCache  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context, 
const PositionKinematicsCache< T > &  pc,  
VelocityKinematicsCache< T > *  vc  
)  const 
Computes all the kinematic quantities that depend on the generalized velocities and stores them in the velocity kinematics cache vc
.
These include:
V_WB
for each body B in the model as measured and expressed in the world frame W.V_PB
for each body B in the model as measured and expressed in the inboard (or parent) body frame P.pc
must have been previously updated with a call to CalcPositionKinematicsCache().Aborts if vc
is nullptr.

inline 
Creates a deep copy of this
MultibodyTree templated on the same scalar type T as this
tree.

inline 
Creates a deep copy of this
MultibodyTree templated on the scalar type ToScalar
.
The new deep copy is guaranteed to have exactly the same MultibodyTreeTopology as the original tree the method is called on. This method ensures the following cloning order:
Consider the following code example:
MultibodyTree::get_variant() is templated on the multibody element type which is deduced from its only input argument. The returned element is templated on the scalar type T of the MultibodyTree on which this method is invoked. In the example above, the user could have also invoked the method ToAutoDiffXd().
std::unique_ptr< systems::LeafContext< T > > CreateDefaultContext  (  )  const 
Allocates a new context for this MultibodyTree uniquely identifying the state of the multibody system.
std::logic_error  If users attempt to call this method on a MultibodyTree with an invalid topology. 
void Finalize  (  ) 
This method must be called after all elements in the tree (joints, bodies, force elements, constraints) were added and before any computations are performed.
It essentially compiles all the necessary "topological information", i.e. how bodies, joints and, any other elements connect with each other, and performs all the required preprocessing to perform computations at a later stage.
If the finalize stage is successful, the topology of this MultibodyTree is validated, meaning that the topology is uptodate after this call. No more multibody tree elements can be added after a call to Finalize().
std::logic_error  If users attempt to call this method on an already finalized MultibodyTree. 
Returns a constant reference to the body with unique index body_index
.
This method aborts in Debug builds when body_index
does not correspond to a body in this multibody tree.

inline 
Returns a constant reference to the frame with unique index frame_index
.
This method aborts in Debug builds when frame_index
does not correspond to a frame in this
multibody tree.

inline 
Returns a constant reference to the mobilizer with unique index mobilizer_index
.
This method aborts in Debug builds when mobilizer_index
does not correspond to a mobilizer in this multibody tree.

inline 
Returns the number of bodies in the MultibodyTree including the world body.
Therefore the minimum number of bodies in a MultibodyTree is one.

inline 
Returns the number of ForceElement objects in the MultibodyTree.

inline 
Returns the number of Frame objects in the MultibodyTree.
Frames include body frames associated with each of the bodies in the MultibodyTree including the world body. Therefore the minimum number of frames in a MultibodyTree is one.

inline 
Returns the number of joints added with AddJoint() to the MultibodyTree.

inline 
Returns the number of mobilizers in the MultibodyTree.
Since the world has no Mobilizer, the number of mobilizers equals the number of bodies minus one, i.e. get_num_mobilizers() returns get_num_bodies()  1.

inline 
Returns the number of generalized positions of the model.

inline 
Returns the total size of the state vector in the model.

inline 
Returns the number of generalized velocities of the model.

inline 
Returns the topology information for this multibody tree.
Users should not need to call this method since MultibodyTreeTopology is an internal bookkeeping detail. Used at Finalize() stage by multibody elements to retrieve a local copy of their topology.

inline 
Returns the height of the tree data structure of this
MultibodyTree.
That is, the number of bodies in the longest kinematic path between the world and any other leaf body. For a model that only contains the world body, the height of the tree is one. Kinematic paths are created by Mobilizer objects connecting a chain of frames. Therefore, this method does not count kinematic cycles, which could only be considered in the model using constraints.

inline 
SFINAE overload for Frame<T> elements.

inline 
SFINAE overload for Body<T> elements.

inline 
SFINAE overload for Mobilizer<T> elements.

inline 
SFINAE overload for Joint<T> elements.

inline 
Returns a constant reference to the world body.

inline 
Returns a constant reference to the world frame.
void MapQDotToVelocity  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context, 
const Eigen::Ref< const VectorX< T >> &  qdot,  
EigenPtr< VectorX< T >>  v  
)  const 
Transforms the time derivative qdot
of the generalized positions vector q
(stored in context
) to generalized velocities v
.
v
and q̇
are related linearly by q̇ = N(q)⋅v
. Although N(q)
is not necessarily square, its left pseudoinverse N⁺(q)
can be used to invert that relationship without residual error, provided that qdot
is in the range space of N(q)
(that is, if it could have been produced as q̇ = N(q)⋅v
for some v
). Using the configuration q
stored in the given context
this method calculates v = N⁺(q)⋅q̇
.
[in]  context  The context containing the state of the MultibodyTree model. 
[in]  qdot  A vector containing the time derivatives of the generalized positions. This method aborts if qdot is not of size get_num_positions(). 
[out]  v  A valid (nonnull) pointer to a vector in ℛⁿ with n the number of generalized velocities. This method aborts if v is nullptr or if it is not of size get_num_velocities(). 
void MapVelocityToQDot  (  const systems::Context< T > &  context, 
const Eigen::Ref< const VectorX< T >> &  v,  
EigenPtr< VectorX< T >>  qdot  
)  const 
Transforms generalized velocities v to time derivatives qdot
of the generalized positions vector q
(stored in context
).
v
and qdot
are related linearly by q̇ = N(q)⋅v
. Using the configuration q
stored in the given context
this method calculates q̇ = N(q)⋅v
.
[in]  context  The context containing the state of the MultibodyTree model. 
[in]  v  A vector of of generalized velocities for this MultibodyTree model. This method aborts if v is not of size get_num_velocities(). 
[out]  qdot  A valid (nonnull) pointer to a vector in ℝⁿ with n being the number of generalized positions in this MultibodyTree model, given by get_num_positions() . This method aborts if qdot is nullptr or if it is not of size get_num_positions(). 

delete 

delete 
void SetDefaultContext  (  systems::Context< T > *  context  )  const 
Sets default values in the context.
For mobilizers, this method sets them to their zero configuration according to Mobilizer::set_zero_configuration().

inline 
Creates a deep copy of this
MultibodyTree templated on AutoDiffXd.

inline 
Returns true
if this MultibodyTree was finalized with Finalize() after all multibody elements were added, and false
otherwise.
When a MultibodyTree is instantiated, its topology remains invalid until Finalize() is called, which validates the topology.

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