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A passive 2-DOF walker: hunting for gaits using virtual holonomic constraints
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Texas, Dallas, USA.
2009 (English)In: IEEE Transactions on Robotics, ISSN 1552-3098, Vol. 25, no 5, 1202-1208 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A planar compass-like biped on a shallow slope is one of the simplest models of a passive walker. It is a 2-degree-of-freedom (DOF) impulsive mechanical system that is known to possess periodic solutions reminiscent of human walking. Finding such solutions is a challenging computational task that has attracted many researchers who are motivated by various aspects of passive and active dynamic walking. We propose a new approach to find stable as well as unstable hybrid limit cycles without integrating the full set of differential equations and, at the same time, without approximating the dynamics. The procedure exploits a time-independent representation of a possible periodic solution via a virtual holonomic constraint. The description of the limit cycle obtained in this way is useful for the analysis and characterization of passive gaits as well as for design of regulators to achieve gaits with the smallest required control efforts. Some insights into the notion of hybrid zero dynamics, which are related to such a description, are presented as well.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers , 2009. Vol. 25, no 5, 1202-1208 p.
Keyword [en]
Limit cycles, underactuated mechanical systems, virtual holonomic constraints, walking robots.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-26281DOI: 10.1109/TRO.2009.2028757OAI: diva2:241455
Available from: 2009-10-02 Created: 2009-10-02 Last updated: 2011-01-29Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Principles for planning and analyzing motions of underactuated mechanical systems and redundant manipulators
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Principles for planning and analyzing motions of underactuated mechanical systems and redundant manipulators
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Metoder för rörelseplanering och analys av underaktuerade mekaniska system och redundanta manipulatorer
Abstract [en]

Motion planning and control synthesis are challenging problems for underactuated mechanical systems due to the presence of passive (non-actuated) degrees of freedom. For those systems that are additionally not feedback linearizable and with unstable internal dynamics there are no generic methods for planning trajectories and their feedback stabilization. For fully actuated mechanical systems, on the other hand, there are standard tools that provide a tractable solution. Still, the problem of generating efficient and optimal trajectories is nontrivial due to actuator limitations and motion-dependent velocity and acceleration constraints that are typically present. It is especially challenging for manipulators with kinematic redundancy.

A generic approach for solving the above-mentioned problems is described in this work. We explicitly use the geometry of the state space of the mechanical system so that a synchronization of the generalized coordinates can be found in terms of geometric relations along the target motion with respect to a path coordinate. Hence, the time evolution of the state variables that corresponds to the target motion is determined by the system dynamics constrained to these geometrical relations, known as virtual holonomic constraints. Following such a reduction for underactuated mechanical systems, we arrive at integrable second-order dynamics associated with the passive degrees of freedom. Solutions of this reduced dynamics, together with the geometric relations, can be interpreted as a motion generator for the full system. For fully actuated mechanical systems the virtually constrained dynamics provides a tractable way of shaping admissible trajectories.

Once a feasible target motion is found and the corresponding virtual holonomic constraints are known, we can describe dynamics transversal to the orbit in the state space and analytically compute a transverse linearization. This results in a linear time-varying control system that allows us to use linear control theory for achieving orbital stabilization of the nonlinear mechanical system as well as to conduct system analysis in the vicinity of the motion. The approach is applicable to continuous-time and impulsive mechanical systems irrespective of the degree of underactuation. The main contributions of this thesis are analysis of human movement regarding a nominal behavior for repetitive tasks, gait synthesis and stabilization for dynamic walking robots, and description of a numerical procedure for generating and stabilizing efficient trajectories for kinematically redundant manipulators.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, Institutionen för tillämpad fysik och elektronik, 2009. 88 + 8 papers p.
Robotics and control lab, ISSN 1654-5419 ; 4
Motion Planning, Underactuated Mechanical Systems, Redundant Manipulators, Virtual Holonomic Constraints, Orbital Stabilization, Human Movement, Walking Robots, Hydraulic Manipulators
National Category
Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Research subject
Automatic Control
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-30024 (URN)978-91-7264-914-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-02-05, Naturvetarhuset, N200, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 09:00 (English)
Available from: 2009-12-15 Created: 2009-11-30 Last updated: 2011-02-09Bibliographically approved

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