Carnegie Mellon University
Physically Variable Compliance in Running

Jonathan W. Hurst and Alfred Rizzi
CLAWAR, September, 2004.

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This paper explores the role and utility of variable compliance in running behaviors. While it is well understood in the literature that leg compliance plays an important role in running locomotion, our conjecture is that mechanically adjustable leg compliance improves the efficiency and robustness of a running system. We claim that variable compliance can serve as an effective means for gait regulation, and can enable energy efficient locomotion over a wide range of terrains and speeds. We draw inspiration from a number of observations in biomechanics, and use qualitative arguments and a simulation of our variable compliance actuator to support the underlying ideas.

legged locomotion, control

Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Microdynamic Systems Laboratory
Associated Project(s): Actuator with Mechanically Adjustable Series Compliance and The Electric Cable Differential (ECD) Leg

Text Reference
Jonathan W. Hurst and Alfred Rizzi, "Physically Variable Compliance in Running," CLAWAR, September, 2004.

BibTeX Reference
   author = "Jonathan W Hurst and Alfred Rizzi",
   title = "Physically Variable Compliance in Running",
   booktitle = "CLAWAR",
   publisher = "SPRINGER-VERLAG",
   address = "",
   month = "September",
   year = "2004",