Tails in Biomimetic Design: Analysis, Simulation, and Experiment

TitleTails in Biomimetic Design: Analysis, Simulation, and Experiment
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBriggs, R., J. Lee, M. Haberland, and S. Kim
Conference NameIntelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on
Date Published11/2012
Conference LocationVilamoura, Portugal
ISBN Number978-1-4673-1737-5

Animals use tails to improve locomotion performance; here we assess how the biomimetic MIT Cheetah robot can do the same. Analysis proves that for a given power and weight, tails can provide greater average torque than reaction wheels for the short times of interest in high speed running. A simple tail controller enables the cheetah to perform aerial orientation maneuvers in simulation. The MIT Cheetah robot's tail rejects an impulsive disturbance from a `wrecking ball' in experiments. This study demonstrates that a tail will help the MIT Cheetah achieve its goal of 30mph locomotion by 2014.

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