This paper presents a dynamical model of a compliant double-inverted pendulum that is used to approximate the physical structure of the compliant humanoid (COMAN) robot, using both the Hamiltonian and the Lagrangian approaches. A comparison between the two aims at providing insight into the various advantages and/or disadvantages associated to each approach. Through manipulation of the resulting formulae, it is shown that the Hamiltonian equations possess certain characteristics, such as the allowance of the tracking of global stability, that render this method of representation suitable for legged robotics applications. Finally, an asymptotically stabilizing control scheme is presented together with simulation results.

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