Joint Mechanism That Mimics Elastic Characteristics in Human Running
AbstractAnalysis of human running has revealed that the motion of the human leg can be modeled by a compression spring because the joints of the leg behave like a torsion spring in the stance phase. In this paper, we describe the development of a joint mechanism that mimics the elastic characteristics of the joints of the stance leg. The knee was equipped with a mechanism comprising two laminated leaf springs made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic for adjusting the joint stiffness and a worm gear in order to achieve active movement. Using this mechanism, we were able to achieve joint stiffness mimicking that of a human knee joint that can be adjusted by varying the effective length of one of the laminated leaf springs. The equation proposed for calculating the joint stiffness considers the difference between the position of the fixed point of the leaf spring and the position of the rotational center of the joint. We evaluated the performance of the laminated leaf spring and the effectiveness of the proposed equation for joint stiffness. We were able to make a bipedal robot run with one leg using pelvic oscillation for storing energy produced by the resonance related to leg elasticity. View Full-Text
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Otani, T.; Hashimoto, K.; Isomichi, T.; Sakaguchi, M.; Kawakami, Y.; Lim, H.-O.; Takanishi, A. Joint Mechanism That Mimics Elastic Characteristics in Human Running. Machines 2016, 4, 5.
Otani T, Hashimoto K, Isomichi T, Sakaguchi M, Kawakami Y, Lim H-O, Takanishi A. Joint Mechanism That Mimics Elastic Characteristics in Human Running. Machines. 2016; 4(1):5.Chicago/Turabian Style
Otani, Takuya; Hashimoto, Kenji; Isomichi, Takaya; Sakaguchi, Masanori; Kawakami, Yasuo; Lim, Hun-Ok; Takanishi, Atsuo. 2016. "Joint Mechanism That Mimics Elastic Characteristics in Human Running." Machines 4, no. 1: 5.
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