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On the Biomimetic Design of Agile-Robot Legs
AbstractThe development of functional legged robots has encountered its limits in human-made actuation technology. This paper describes research on the biomimetic design of legs for agile quadrupeds. A biomimetic leg concept that extracts key principles from horse legs which are responsible for the agile and powerful locomotion of these animals is presented. The proposed biomimetic leg model defines the effective leg length, leg kinematics, limb mass distribution, actuator power, and elastic energy recovery as determinants of agile locomotion, and values for these five key elements are given. The transfer of the extracted principles to technological instantiations is analyzed in detail, considering the availability of current materials, structures and actuators. A real leg prototype has been developed following the biomimetic leg concept proposed. The actuation system is based on the hybrid use of series elasticity and magneto-rheological dampers which provides variable compliance for natural motion. From the experimental evaluation of this prototype, conclusions on the current technological barriers to achieve real functional legged robots to walk dynamically in agile locomotion are presented.
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Garcia, E.; Arevalo, J.C.; Muñoz, G.; Gonzalez-de-Santos, P. On the Biomimetic Design of Agile-Robot Legs. Sensors 2011, 11, 11305-11334.View more citation formats
Garcia E, Arevalo JC, Muñoz G, Gonzalez-de-Santos P. On the Biomimetic Design of Agile-Robot Legs. Sensors. 2011; 11(12):11305-11334.Chicago/Turabian Style
Garcia, Elena; Arevalo, Juan Carlos; Muñoz, Gustavo; Gonzalez-de-Santos, Pablo. 2011. "On the Biomimetic Design of Agile-Robot Legs." Sensors 11, no. 12: 11305-11334.