Pre-gait analysis using optimal parameters for a walking machine tool based on a free-leg hexapod structure

Adam Rushworth, Salvador Cobos-Guzman, Dragos Axinte, Mark Raffles

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Abstract

The scope of this paper is to present a novel gait methodology in order to obtain an efficient walking capability for an original walking free-leg hexapod structure (WalkingHex) of tri-radial symmetry. Torque in the upper (actuated) spherical joints and stability margin analyses are obtained based on a constraint-driven gait generator. Therefore, the kinematic information of foot pose and angular orientation of the platform are considered as important variables along with the effect that they can produce in different gait cycles. The torque analysis is studied to determine the motor torque requirements for each step of the gait so that the robotic structure yields a stable and achievable pose. In this way, the analysis of torque permits the selection of an optimal gait based on stability margin criteria. Consequently, a gait generating algorithm is proposed for different types of terrain such as flat, ramp or stepped surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-51
Number of pages16
JournalRobotics and Autonomous Systems
Volume70
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 6-axis milling machine
  • Hexapod
  • Robotised machine tool
  • Walking robot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mathematics (all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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