In this paper, we present a robotic locomotor with inertia-based actuation. The goal of this system is to generate various gait modes of a baton, consisting of two masses connected with a massless rod. First, a model for a baton prototype called Pony II is presented. This model incorporates the double-action inertial actuation generated by two rotating pendulums, spinning at constant angular velocities in opposite directions. This system allows regulation of the inertial forces generated by the spinning masses. In addition, it provides control over the orientation of the resultant inertial force. Numerical simulations of four stable gaits are presented: dragging, tapping, galloping, and hopping. We also developed an experimental prototype, called Pony II, consisting of the double-action actuators. The robot successfully generates all the simulated gaits. In addition, we show that the robot is capable of generating progression on low friction surfaces.
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Pony II Robot: Inertially Actuated Baton With Double-Action Pendulums
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Zoghzoghy, J, & Hurmuzlu, Y. "Pony II Robot: Inertially Actuated Baton With Double-Action Pendulums." Proceedings of the ASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. Volume 1: Active Control of Aerospace Structure; Motion Control; Aerospace Control; Assistive Robotic Systems; Bio-Inspired Systems; Biomedical/Bioengineering Applications; Building Energy Systems; Condition Based Monitoring; Control Design for Drilling Automation; Control of Ground Vehicles, Manipulators, Mechatronic Systems; Controls for Manufacturing; Distributed Control; Dynamic Modeling for Vehicle Systems; Dynamics and Control of Mobile and Locomotion Robots; Electrochemical Energy Systems. San Antonio, Texas, USA. October 22–24, 2014. V001T11A002. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DSCC2014-6189
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