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Experimental study of a parametrically excited dynamic bipedal walker with counterweights

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6 Author(s)
Hayashi, T. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Syst. Eng., Kobe Univ., Kobe, Japan ; Asano, F. ; Zhi-Wei Luo ; Nagano, A.
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This paper reports some interesting results on our experimental study of parametrically excited dynamic bipedal walking. We describe the details of the walking machine that has telescopic legs, semicircular feet, free hip-joint and counterweights. The walker can sustain stable dynamic walking on level ground based on mechanical energy restoration in accordance with the principle of parametric excitation utilizing the effects of semicircular feet and counterweights. Results of numerical analysis of the effect of the counterweights on the gait efficiency are also described.

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Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2009. IROS 2009. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on

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10-15 Oct. 2009