Robust Walking Using Peicewise Linear Spring

M Khoramshahi, A Asaei, A Ijspeert, M Nili Ahmadabadi
(2014) Dynamic Walking

Having a direct impact on the energy efficiency has made the compliance a favorable element in the robotic systems. Moreover, legged system can benefit from compliance for stability, speed, adaptability and robustness. Recently, we have studied the effects of compliant spine in quadrupedal robots. We have observed that having nonlinearity in the spine compliance can set a better trade-off between speed and energy efficiency. Similar to the spine in quadruped robots, compliance at the hip joint of bipedal robots can also improve the walking performance such as robustness. Here, we test the efficacy of piecewise linear hip compliance for robust bipedal walking.